When we were newlyweds, living in Tucson, Arizona, our little house was walking distance from an ice cream parlor, a Thai restaurant, and not one but two used bookstores. It didn't take too long for us to settle on our favorite date during those years: Thai for dinner, browsing the bookstores, and ice cream for dessert. (This was back when we actually went on dates on a regular basis. Imagine!)
Today is our 12 year wedding anniversary, and what did we do to celebrate?
Thai for dinner, followed by a walk to our favorite local used bookstore, and then an ice cream cone for dessert.
A lovely evening, all told. And in spite of the similar agenda, it was very different from those carefree nights when we would stroll along in the Arizona evenings -- for one thing, we had to be home by 8:30 because the babysitter needed to be somewhere at 9 pm. (And it ended up we came home at 8, because BJ called us on the cell phone to beg us to return.) For another, we hardly knew what to do with ourselves at the bookstore, since we weren't having to shepherd the kids around or spend most of our time in the children's section.
Not to mention the rarity of being able to enjoy a meal without constant concern about the short folks! It was a new Thai restaurant for us, Tee Nee Thai on the Alameda. Delicious and definitely worth a return trip. And who knows, maybe we'll even make it back before our 13th anniversary!
Thanks for 12 beautiful years, S. Here's to many more.