If you have kids, date night means finding a babysitter. If you both work full-time, it means you both have to clear your schedules for that evening. Either way, highly prioritizing time for a fresh and fun date night is essential.
My husband and I began our marriage with plans for a weekly date night. We were successful until I filled our schedule so tightly, date night was often missed altogether. Then when we did find time, he and I defaulted, through exhaustion, to a rented DVD and microwave popcorn.
Don't get me wrong, dinner in your pajamas and snuggling up with a movie is wonderful. But if this sounds like the majority of your date nights, they will start to feel bland. Think of Date Night with Steve Carell and Tina Fey in which they always go to the same nearby restaurant. It doesn’t lead to much romance.
Perhaps you and your spouse want to be together, but are tired and just not sure what to.
Get tickets to your local zoo or aquarium and watch a prowling leopard or listen to screeching spider monkeys while you hold each other's hands. (You can find discounts in places like the Entertainment book). Buy Nerf guns and have a battle full of laughter or build a tent in your living room and camp out. We’re only as old and stodgy as we let ourselves get.
Play cards or checkers or any two-person games you both enjoy. My husband and I love Mille Bornes, an exciting car racing card game.
Learn new things about the one you think you know so well. Draft a list of unusual questions (for example: If you added any kind of room onto our home, what would it be?) and perform the interview over cocktails or appetizers. Be sure to take notes and ask follow up questions!
Then, use what you gathered from the interview to make a list of outing and/or gift ideas. For example, when asked about what pet he'd love to own, my husband responded that he wanted a velociraptor as a pet if he could find one that wouldn’t eat him. I might buy a plastic model velociraptor, just for fun, or I might plan to visit Universal Studios in California to go on the Jurassic Park ride.
Date night is the time to rediscover each other and let the rest of the world go on without you. If you don't already have a weekly date night, I highly recommend you start one. If you already practice this tradition, I hope this encourages some fresh ideas.
Dating doesn’t stop when we get married -- it just gets better.
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