After 1 year and 333 days, Steven and I got a chance to go out and see a movie together tonight.
Our last movie date was Friday, January 29, 2010, when we headed to Casa Grande to see The Blind Side. Cadence was officially overdue, and my induction was scheduled on the 30th. We figured there was really no better way to spend our last night alone together. At that point, we had been going to movies together for nearly 12 years–sometimes alone, sometimes with a crowd of our friends.
I’d almost forgotten what it felt like to sit in a theater seat, eating popcorn and sipping a frozen Pepsi slush, completely immersed in the story playing out on the screen in front of me. We are both self-proclaimed movie addicts, and we have no problem admitting it.
For the last year and 333 days, Steven and I have been on-duty for every minute of every day with our daughter. Don’t get me wrong, we certainly don’t mind. That’s just part of the deal when you become parents. Even so, I think it is important for parents to find ways to connect with each other without their children, whether it be sharing a cup of coffee and some conversation before the kiddos get up in the morning, or snuggling on the couch to watch movies after the munchkins have already gone to bed. Too many couples lose sight of each other amidst the chaos of raising children, and that is something that I never want to do. As important as Cadence is to me, Steven is just as important in a thousand different ways, and it’s my job as a mother and a wife to let them both know that as often as I can.
So, tonight was a bit of an early birthday gift for Steven. We put Cadence to bed and then left my folks to babysit while we headed out to the late showing of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
Great movie. Great company. Great night with my favorite guy in the world. A big thanks to Grandma and Papa for staying in with Miss Cadence. All in all, I would say it was a perfect night.
And just for your enjoyment, here’s one of my favorite photos of my hubby and I back in the dating years…