This past week we had two of our grandchildren while our daughter and son-in-law were on their 5th Anniversary Celebration cruise. It would have been great, if I didn’t have vertigo at the same time. But God helped me enjoy the process, even though it was hard. We made some great memories despite my dizziness.
Last night was our first night without the children, and Tom assumed I wanted to stay home this week – wrong! I was ready to have grown-up conversation in a quiet place. So, we got in the car and drove to my favorite street in the world – Park Avenue in downtown Winter Park. We went to a quaint restaurant with a great view of people walking down the street.
We perused the menu and decided it would be a Cheese Date. We ordered the fruit, nut and cheese plate that came with a choice of three cheeses. We selected one from Italy (Piave), one from France (Port Salut) and one from Ireland (an Irish Cheddar), as well as a three cheese flatbread. It was all delicious! But we enjoyed the quiet more than anything.
Park Avenue was the place my Mom took me when I was 6 years old for my birthday. She allowed me to go in all the stores I wanted, which, believe it or not, were the various antique stores that used to line the Avenue. Now, things are much more trendy – antiques have been replaced by Gap, Williams Sonoma and various other chains. But the Avenue is lined with something which can never be removed – our memories.
Tom brought me here on one of our first dates. I remember it well, because he asked me on this street how many children I would like to have. It was one of those moments when you are excited someone you enjoy being with so much is asking a question loaded with possibilities. The possibility there will be an “US” in the future.
As it turned out there has been an “US” for 30+ years, and we have three children, instead of our plan of two. Tom proposed to me only a few blocks from this location. It is the one place we come to again and again if only to stroll and remember.
There is an AT & T commercial out right now of a young man who is being sworn in as President of the United States. The video camera zooms to his proud parents and then begins to rewind from this point backwards. You see the young man as a teen, a boy and then, unborn in his mother’s womb. The camera scene ends on his parents’ first meeting at a train station, which is actually the present. The young man is imagining the possibilities with this woman and decides to meet her. Here it is:
We had one of these kinds of moments last night. We saw a young couple very much in love strolling the Avenue. I told Tom, “Look, that’s us 32 years ago!” Wouldn’t it be cool if we could see the rewind of “US” on this Avenue. How many walks we’ve taken from one end to the other.
All in all it was a great date. But you don’t have to go out to have a memorable Cheese Date. We found the Reluctant Gourmet blog who offers a Romantic Cheese Course for Two. Simply follow the instructions, pull out some old home videos or scrapbooks and spend an evening remembering your beginning and all the in-between parts.
Cheesy? Well, yes and no! But Cheese is good for you and makes everyone happy – after all it IS what you say when the photographer wants you to smile, isn’t it?
What place is special to you as a couple? Are you able to go back and visit in order to rewind your memories?
Would you like to join the Project 52 Challenge? It was started by Tiffany at the Simply Modern Mom blog, and it has been so much fun. All you do is click the button for all the details. Why not join in – your marriage will certainly be the better for it!