Those blue eyes looked up at her while she paused, dish towel in her hands.
“What was it like to get married to Daddy? Was he silly like the boys at school?” she asked again. When did her eight year old turn sixteen and wonder about love?”
We were different then, sweetheart,” she skirted the question.
“But look at your face? You look so happy Mommy!” she held the new-found photo up to her weary eyes.
Yes, she was happy then. And she was different.
She quickly corrected herself – it’s not that I’m unhappy now! I love my children. I love my husband. It’s just so…different, yes…
Why was she suddenly so very tired? That little face still waited for an answer; so curious. Where did she find that old picture anyway!?
The kitchen suddenly became smaller as she was drawn back to the day he proposed to her in that restaurant. What was it called again?
She gently set down the dish towel, pulling her little one onto her lap, holding the picture between them as they sat down and she began to tell the tale…
“Your daddy took me to my favorite restaurant back then – it was Italian, but I don’t think it’s there anymore…” and time whisked them away…
Their two heads huddled over that picture together at the kitchen table. She hoped her daughter hadn’t noticed her voice crack as she spoke of walking down the aisle toward the man of her dreams. She could still see him there.
Her face flushed as she remembered their honeymoon. Her teary eyes danced with laughter as she remembered that they never used that scuba gear they bought, not even once. Her daughter just listened; fascinated with the story of their love.
So involved with the photo and the story, she hadn’t noticed him come in until she felt his hand on her shoulder.
“Daddy! Mommy is telling me about when you asked her to marry you!” She hastily tried to hide her face before he saw the tear on her cheek.
“She is, is she?” he half-whispered as he gently brushed the tear away with his thumb. “You know, she’s even more beautiful today”.
“Oh, don’t be silly! I badly need a haircut and I’m wearing your old t-shirt!” she moved to continue with dinner; embarrassed.
“In fact, she’s so beautiful…” he held her so she couldn’t escape, “I think we should go out on a date this Friday! What do you think, kiddo? Should I take your mom out and leave you guys with Gramma?” He scooped up his little girl.
“Honey, we can’t possibly ask Mom to do that! Besides, we’re on a budget!”
“Oh Mommy! You should go with Daddy! Isn’t he handsome!? We’ll be good, I promise!” her daughter pleaded with her.
“I’ll call your mom and ask her to keep the kids overnight. She’s always offering. It’s time we took her up on it. We can just rent a movie and have a quiet dinner here – that fits the budget, right? When was the last time you and I just hung out together?”
Her mind swam with all the reasons she shouldn’t.
The kids were still so small. Friday was only two days away! Wasn’t it being selfish to not have an “important” reason to leave the kids with her mother? She usually had movie night with the kids on Friday, wouldn’t they be disappointed? Saturdays were hockey games and house-cleaning, they couldn’t stay up late…
Oh, but her heart remembered the feeling of being just the two of them. How his arms felt around her. How the world just disappeared. God, when was the last time she felt that way? Her mind saw him there in the story, standing there, waiting for her.
He was looking at her that way now. Her heart skipped a beat. Could it be that he still felt that way about her? They hadn’t talked, really talked for so long. She had no idea what he thought about these days. They used to talk about everything.
“Yes, I still need you” his eyes told her. Had he read her mind? She used to think he could.
Minutes passed. Why was this such a difficult decision? Again, her mind drifted back to the story she’d just told. It seemed like such a far away place and time.
Yes, she was different now. But she was still a woman. A mother, yes; but a woman who needed to be with her best friend. To laugh and talk about things besides parent teacher meetings and hockey schedules.
She still felt a little bit of that passion she used to feel whenever she looked at him. The flame hadn’t gone out yet. Now, his eyes seemed to plead,
“Let’s go there again. I’ve missed you”
“I’ve missed you, too” she said aloud. “Yes! Let’s do it!”
Her daughter squealed in delight and ran off to tell her brothers; yelling, “Mommy and Daddy are going on a date!”
She didn’t hear their replies as he pulled her towards him; dishtowel, old t-shirt and all.
She was lost in his passionate kiss of “right now” – so much better than the one she remembered of long ago….
We’ve been there…
In our busy lives, it’s so very hard to find the time for each other. However, we’ve also learned just how important it is to make that special time to reconnect with your spouse.
That’s why we’ve joined up with our friends Tony and Alisa DiLorenzo from One Extraordinary Marriage and the “Simple Life Girls” Shawn and Krystal from Simple Life Celebrations to create a package to make this idea easier for you to put into action.
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Dustin Riechmann created Engaged Marriage to help other married couples live a life they love (especially) when they feel too busy to make it happen. He has many passions, including sharing ways to enjoy an awesome marriage in 15 minutes a day, but his heart belongs with his wife Bethany and their three young kids.