Making Ordinary Dates Extraordinarily Romantic

My post below was first published at It Might be Love: The Magic of Getting Away for an Ordinary Date I went out before Christmas with the intention of buy my wife UGG boots. Considering it was snowing that day, I went with a more practical option women’s rain boots. There is a time when practicality is good. More often than not however, sentimental=romantic.

This one goes out to the couples that are feeling somewhat “well done” with regards to the heat of life and it’s demands. Of course, the title has told you I am recommending a vacation as an antidote to the stress of kids, traffic, low expectations that have been unfulfilled, and the general malaise of going through this life in a “grown-up” relationship. My wife and I went down to Irvine yesterday to see an independent film. You can read my review of it here. We had an awesome time and we caught ourselves doing  juvenile things such as: holding hands, cuddling in our seats (with that arm rest thingie “up,” )  and other stuff you might see only people half our age doing, FYI I am 41 she’s 33. So, you might ask, how did we achieve such lofty levels of enthusiasm for each other? Simple:

We went away …

I purposefully picked a theater 50 miles away. This opened our hearts and minds to a new place and therefore new experiences. We got lunch while down there, had some frozen yogurt, and generally enjoyed ourselves as we normally do close to home. There was one big difference:

The backgrounds were different …

My wife and I found that traveling outside our normal “stomping grounds” was very healthy for our relationship. That’s why I am recommending it to you. If you think the drive might be too much of a hassle, think again. Why not make a music mix of all your favorite songs, or better yet HER favorite ones. I think the magic of getting away is less of a cliche and more of a time tested reality in my life. I need to make the effort to get away with my wife as much as possible. I know it can be done on the cheap as well so don’t let financial constraints stop you.

This weekend or sometime soon, why not venture out of your town with your wife, husband, or significant other … wherever it may be and just get away. It could be to Disneyland or just a movie 50  miles away! I recommend you do it and watch what happens in your relationship.

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Damien Riley

I'm a married teacher with 3 kids. I also play guitar and write songs. I've been blogging since 2005 to network with others and remind the universe I'm here. Email me at rileycentral at gmail dot com

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