My husband and I have a great partnership when it comes to doing things. I have all these ideas like: “Let’s get in shape!” or “Let’s go on a trip!” or “Let’s eat crazy healthy this month!” or “Let’s not spend money!” and he makes sure I actually follow them through. He’s also great about getting excited about the silly things I think of. Case in point: the mystery date I planned and executed a year ago. I just wanted to do something different; I’m always trying to do something different, so I organized this little activity for the two of us when he got home from work.
I wrote five notes, numbered four of them, and gave Adam the one with his name on it once he arrived back at home.
He opened up the first one and it said this:
You are cordially invited to a “mystery” date
Time: 6pm (ish)
Attire: Comfortable but nice, yet outdoorsy
He is really great about humoring me, so he got all into the whole experience and ran off to change.
Then I handed him the next letter:
Clue: We never need to invest in this, but it sure brings two people together. Choose tastefully though, because we’re taking it with us.
Note: We need to take the bikes along.
The answer, which he had to figure out, was fast food that he could pick and that we would take with us. Like a boss, he picked Taco Bell. Don’t know how that’s tasteful…
Card number two:
We’re going to take a spin around America’s favorite fat cat.
Answer: the name of the location where we would eat and do our next activity: biking. It’s one of Adam’s favorite activities. If you guessed that America’s favorite fat cat is Garfield, you would be correct, and that just happens to be the name of one of Indy’s parks.
While biking we happened to see a sign for Shakespeare in the Park, so while it wasn’t in my original plan, we stopped and enjoyed a few scenes from A Midsummer’s Night Dream before moving on.
The third card brought us back home:
Clue: You can choose to be bored or puzzled, take your pick.
He picked “bored,” which was my clever way of saying board game (or it could have been a puzzle). My my, isn’t that clever? We sat down to a quick round of Yahtzee.
The final activity:
Clue: Let’s share someone else’s story while enjoying the last piece of a memory.
And that, my friends, was reading a book aloud while chomping on the last of our wedding cake topper. Which, I might add, saved very well in the freezer and was quite delicious.
So that turned out to be a fun night. And the reason I’m posting something about a date we went on a year ago is that you can have a lot of fun and a lot of laughs without dropping a lot of cash. I’m not the most creative person, but I managed to organize something that was fun for the two of us, and it cost us almost nothing. We just made use of the items we already owned, and bought cheap food to eat. A beautiful life is possible, my friends. Even if other people aren’t overly impressed with your life, and you don’t have a lot of pictures and souvenirs to show for your adventures. At the end, it’s your life, and you decide if it was a life worth living.