Last night, my husband and I celebrated Valentine’s Day (early).
After a GF (gluten free) tasty meal at Chipotles, we drove to the theater to watch The Greatest American Showman.
I don’t know if it was because the movie has been playing for awhile and it was a Monday night, but for whatever reason, we had the entire theater to ourselves.
Towards the end as we were enjoying the spectacular music, my husband leaned towards me and asked if I wanted to dance. Since there was no one to observe our clumsiness or craziness, I thought, “Why not?!” With a lot of laughing, tripping over feet occasionally, and lots of pretending to be amazing singers and dancers, we laughed and danced across the aisles together.
This is what I wrote about our time when recalling it:
“When your husband takes you to celebrate Valentine’s Day early, you eat supper at Chipotles, and go to watch a really great movie in an empty theater. Because no one is there to see you, you get up and dance in the aisles of the theater to the music, laugh as you trip on your husband’s feet, get swung into his arms, and you think that you are one really blessed gal. You are right! Then, you decide to end your date with sharing a large dish of Friendly’s ice cream and get to pray for your waitress. You realize that it was definitely one of your favorite dates ever!!!
Life gets busy. The needs everywhere are great. Don’t lose sight of the blessings right in front. Invest in the things that really matter — like marriage and your children. They are your first ministry.”
And in response to a friend:
It was amazing! You have to be willing to be a little cray-cray though and to laugh at yourself, trip on your own two feet, but when it means you land in the arms of the one that has held you through the beautiful and the ugly, then it really is “perfect.”
My husband and I have had our share of disagreements (arguments — let’s be honest). We have had our feelings hurt. We have had to apologize to each other at times.
We also though have learned to choose humility, forgiveness, selflessness, and compassion. We have learned to listen more, learned to serve more, learned to apologize more, learned to stand up for what we believe, and learned to love.
Love is more than physical attraction. Love is more than roses, chocolates, and going on dates. Love is about commitment. It’s about loving your spouse even when things get hard and when your vows actually become more than words: “…in sickness and in health, to death do us part…”
My husband and I keep very busy with caring for five kids and their needs. We are involved with helping many people. Some days, it’s all we can do to hold it together.
We joke that we have to schedule a time so we can talk to each other.
That’s why we do make the effort to make time for each other, to not be afraid to be romantic when the opportunity arises, and to look into each other’s eyes in order to connect with each other’s soul.
Because it makes the ordinary a lot more fun, we also aren’t afraid to sometimes risk silliness in order to be able to laugh together.
There truly is no one better made just for me…
This Valentine’s Day, don’t forget to have a little fun, a little romance, and a little soul-connection. Your marriage won’t mind one bit.