Recently my husband and I have really been trying to have “date night“. Every week, usually on Tuesday, we drop the kids off for a couple hours at their grandparents’ house and catch dinner. If it’s nice outside we might take a walk; at Christmas time we used the time to shop for the kids together. It gives us a chance to connect on a level a little higher than sippy cups and phone bills.
But a movie, that hasn’t happened in a while. I can count on one hand how many movies my husband and I have gone to see since our 3 year old was born. Actually I can count on one finger. Yep, sad, I know. Pre-kids this was easy to do. If there was a movie we wanted to see, we picked a day to go and went. There wasn’t a time limit on how long we were gone, no kids needing to be tucked into bed.
So, back in December when we found a sitter who was willing and able to take both our kids for a period long enough for us to go out, see a movie, and maybe even get some dinner, we were psyched, especially since there were several movies we were interested in seeing. But then our family got stuck with an evil stomach virus, and all the plans were put on hold. The week after that my husband worked nights and then he was on call various weekends…
But finally this weekend the stars aligned just right again and our sitter was ready to take the kids. That’s when my husband started looking up show times. It seems everything we were interested in seeing is no longer playing in the theater. We couldn’t even find one we were sort of interested in seeing… Funny how that works.
Don’t worry. We didn’t waste the chance to go out without a time limit and having to rush to put kids to bed. We opted for lunch at Red Robin, checked the theaters one more time, and took a leisurely stroll around the mall. And while we didn’t get to see a movie, we did get to hold hands and talk… Who needs to sit in a dark theater anyway?