Phil and I have been running our B&B for 13 yrs. now and I am still amazed at how I get encouraged by the guests who pass through our home. Just recently we had a couple come at the last minute. The husband made the reservation and also added flowers and champagne to the package. I immediately thought it must be for an anniversary or birthday, but it was not.
This couple had agreed at the beginning of the year to have date nights and they would take turns planning them and the event would be a surprise. So staying at our B&B was the husband’s surprise date night for his wife. It took them a couple of hours to get here, leaving after work on a Friday, and she had no idea where they were going until they arrived at the door.
The next morning at breakfast they told me of some of their other date nights. Some cost very little, others a little more, but all very creative. The planning, thinking of how to bless the other, and just plain having fun with it has given the couple so much to talk about with each other and I am sure deepening the love they have for one another.
We live in a very goal orientated world full of accomplishing many tasks in one day and some times we forget to just stop and smell the roses.
Phil and I have been married for 43 yrs. and way back in the beginning we started to put time aside for just each other and guess what …. we called them date nights. That extended to Phil taking the children out individually on date nights. Our daughter is married and has 3 children. Her husband takes them out on date nights – just special times with dad. Just recently our son-in-law planned two very special events for his wife’s birthday and she was one very surprised and blessed woman.
I am thrilled that date nights ( simple or elaborate) are still done by others, that they continue in the next generation of our family, and most importantly that they continue with Phil and I.