Dates Don't Need to End With Marriage
By Tom Herrin
Courtship is usually a blast. For me it was. We look forward to putting on our best face and going out with someone we really care about. As that relationship grows, we have a lot of good times and make a lot of memories. When all those good times develop into marriage, or some similar relationship, we may find ourselves shifting gears. Reality sets in as bills begin to arrive and new payments come in. Pretty soon, we too often tend to find ourselves knee deep in responsibility. Each member of the relationship falls into a role. The next thing you know, courtship becomes a distant memory. That doesn’t have to be the case.
The Annual Anniversary Dinner Falls A Little Short
Most of us have some kind of tradition that we celebrate annually. My wife and I go out on our anniversary each year and invite all of our children and their children. It is special because we celebrate a special event, but you have to have more than that. Some people go out once a month. That can be something you can both look forward to. An occasional added date can be especially enjoyable. Something a little out of the ordinary routine can add some variety.
What Can You Do Besides Eat and Watch Movies?
There are plenty of things to do that are not on the usual list. There are activities like bowling, mini golf, dancing, going to a concert, or any other of a variety of things. There are plenty of other cultural or sporting events as well. The main thing is to do something together. Sometimes it can be good to have an experience that is new to both of you. A little adventure can go a long way. Many times we just forget how much fun we had doing things together. Some of those things still work. Go-karts, anyone?
Continue To Treat Your Spouse Special
After going out, it can be good to relax together. Maybe enjoy a treat or game when you return home from a date. Having a laugh together is always bonding. Believe it or not, marriage should be fun. It doesn’t just happen. We have to make it that way. I always like to try my best to show the little courtesies to my wife. We have several grown children and grandchildren, but I still try to open the door for my wife and treat her like we are on a date. So for a great time that is well spent, let dating be a part of marriage.
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