Despite the fact that I am a huge fan of both Tina Fey and Steve Carell, I have not seen the movie Date Night, and I don’t really have any desire to either. It looks a bit too slapstick-y for my tastes, though do correct me if I’m wrong. I am thinking that the idea of a date night is a good one, however, and I am wondering how to incorporate this into our already overloaded family schedule.
Somehow children, work, and a house that needs constant renovation and attention have had an impact on the quality time that Tony and I spend together. Huh, go figure. Those of you with kids know what I’m talking about, right? Evening walks are a distant memory; movies in a theater not rated G are a once-a-year event, and I doubt we could tell a fox trot from a tango anymore after eight years of putting ballroom dancing on hold. At the end of the day it is much easier to watch House after the kids are in bed than going to the extreme effort of hiring a babysitter and hauling our tired bodies up off the couch and out the door.
Easier isn’t necessarily better though, and this is a trap that we have fallen into. There is no reason for Tony and me not to get out once in a while, even if it’s only twice a month for a couple of hours. Our kids practically push us out the door when a babysitter arrives, so we can no longer use the excuse that we don’t want to leave them with someone else.
We have both been pretty good about finding time for our own interests and hobbies, because it is easy to spell each other off when either of us want to go to the gym or meet a friend for a coffee, but we have not gotten ourselves organized enough to do things together, like we should. This weekend we will be at my cousin’s wedding. We had the option of bringing the girls, but we chose to hire a babysitter instead so we could enjoy ourselves and stay out later. Perhaps we will even get in a waltz on Saturday night. Fun!
Maybe we will sign up for dance lessons this winter, or maybe we will just go for a walk once in a while in the evenings and stop for a coffee in the neighbourhood, but I think Date Night is coming to our house soon. Maybe I should watch the movie to prepare myself for what could happen?