Every August 30, my husband and I celebrate the anniversary of the day we became a couple. This year, we celebrated 20 years. (Please don’t call us high school sweethearts—that term is just so cloying.)
Anyhow, I spent years fantasizing about how we might mark the big 2-0. It had to be Europe, I figured—Spain, maybe, or France.
But as the big day approached, I realized I’d have to scale down my plans—a lot. We have two young kids at home and a very tight budget. On top of that, we took a couple of family vacations this summer, so more travel didn’t seem that appealing.
In the end, we decided to just go out on a date. But even the idea of a typical dinner-and-a-movie date had its downsides. Lately, we’ve been shunning date night in favour of date day. Date night is slowly but surely losing its appeal. Here’s why:
For our anniversary, we arranged for our moms to come over right after we put our toddler down for his nap, around 12:30 p.m. The grandmas hung out with our seven-year-old, took both kids to the park for the afternoon and fed them dinner. We returned at 6:30 p.m., threw the kids in the bath, put them to bed and then had even more time together as a couple.
If you’ve never done a day date, you have to try it!
This article was orginally published online in September 2015.