On one our first dates (ten years ago), Tom and I went to see the band Acoustic Syndicate on New Year’s Eve at the Visulite. Acoustic Syndicate is a bluegrass-like jam band that is from NC and very talented. We have seen them a few times since that first date, but not many. This is due to the fact that we are old and have kids and going to see a band at 9:00pm is not an option for us anymore. Thankfully, Acoustic Syndicate played an “early show” this past Tuesday night at 7:30. Tom’s dad was in town so we even had a free babysitter. As excited as we were for the date, we almost didn’t even make it to the early show. Tom came home and said that he was exhausted. I then told him that I needed to lay down for fifteen minutes before we went out because I too was exhausted. My nap lasted ten minutes before Miller and the other kids climbed into bed with me. I seriously didn’t think we would end up going to the show. I tried to change our plans to something low key, but Tom insisted that we should go and that we would have a good time. I am so grateful that he made us get up, motivate and go do something fun and original. We had a great time!
As soon as we sat down a friendly girl named Ashley struck up a conversation with us. Then we met her boyfriend who was working with Goose Island beer that was sponsoring the evening. These two kind people gave us free drink tickets, two t-shirts and two pint glasses! Not only did we see a band we love and enjoy our time together, but Tom and I also drank for free and got some goodies to boot.
Dates night are hard to come by, but when they do occur I am so thankful that I am married to a guy who likes to have fun and encourages me to have fun with him.