Last night, I was in one of those cute home accessories stores. I never get the chance to pop into these types if establishments much now a days. But, due to a weird glitch in the space-time continuum, I had 15 minutes to myself while I waited for B to finish his soccer practice. The girls were at home with T. Yes, you heard me. I was ALONE. I had 15 minutes. I was browsing in a store with breakables.
It was around 6:45 pm. While I was perusing the shelves, I saw a young couple about 27 or 28 years old. They were looking at things for their kitchen. She was making a funny reference to how hot her husband was to him. They were laughing and having a good time. I didn’t think much of it. But then, along came another couple. Their wedding rings still shining from their newness. He was helping her pick out knickknacks for their family room. She kept asking for his opinion. He kept coming up with some sort of vague, but effort filled, response. And low and behold, after them came another couple doing much of the same. There were a plethora of these couples in this store. I couldn’t have been more shocked if a T-Rex came crashing through the china department.
What was this phenomenon that I had come across in my weird time portal? Ah ha. My brain began to register something akin to familiarity. Yes, that’s it. I can almost recall back then. Back in the day. You know the one. Where you and your husband spent time just being. You had unplanned, loose conversations about things other than schedules or children. When you went out after work-on a WEEK night! When you had time to look for things to decorate your first place together. When your whole world was about being together as this new couple. At 7:00 pm, you were not so exhausted from your day that you could go out someplace to do something that is not pressing-just enjoyable.
God, that was great.
I want to say something about how this stage is also wonderful, but I am sitting here just smitten with my memories of those early days. So, I think I’ll just stay stuck here for a while and enjoy…