Daniel and I celebrated ten years together last week. An entire decade since we first sat at a little cafe one afternoon nervously chatting between sips of tea. And look at what we've created! Cause to celebrate - so we did!
Date night is not something we participate in regularly. To paint an accurate picture, aside from the wedding we attended when I was seven months pregnant with Percy, it had been two whole years since we'd dressed up and gone out to dinner together. Two years! It's a bit sad, I know, but I think it's a pretty true reflection of parenthood with young children and a breastfed baby.
We don't usually make a palaver about anniversaries. There's often quiet, heartfelt recognition but we don't do big gifts. But ten years deserved dinner at a beautiful restaurant so we booked the grandparents and a table.
Saturday night was wet and cold; the perfect opportunity to stay in and get takeaway. And because we are homebodies, that option did cross our mind. But no, it just wouldn't do. The kids had been out of the house since 3pm so we had a "nap" (ahem), got all dressed up and drove to a new-to-us restaurant that was just as sublime as its reviews.
We sat near the fire and we chatted, sipped decadent drinks, and spent far too long perusing the menu. It felt indulgent and nourishing and it was and always will be one of my very favourite nights; the best company and a celebration of us and everything we've made together.
We gleefully made our way through three courses (the camembert and fresh sourdough! the lamb! the date and pistachio couscous! the crisp green beans swimming in olive oil and parsley and garlic! the chocolate and caramel tart! the coffee gelato!) and wondered why on earth we'd left it so long to do something so simple but so good.
It was only a few hours but we felt much more human afterward. It was refreshing, to say the least, so we've promised that we'll do it every few months. On our way home we picked up Percy (because he still feeds during the night) and settled in with tea and books and a profound sense of gratitude and contentment.
It's marvellous to love someone for ten years and to still be very much in love.
Do you do regular date nights?
Thinking that you should book a restaurant but haven't got around to it? If that's the case - ring, ring now!