It’s so hard for me to believe this, but my wedding anniversary is in just a few weeks. Two years of wedded bliss and while I certainly don’t claim to have all the answers, one key thing I’ve learned kind of goes back to that “marriage and family” class I took in college.
Never stop dating your spouse.
Back then, we laughed at our professor when he stood in front of us and told us that we’d need to continue to “date” even after we were married. Dr. Cravens shook his head at our laughter and told us that yes, we needed to date our spouse. He went so far as to say that if we had children that we’d need to find a babysitter or leave them with grandparents—whatever it took to find that date time.
And you know what? He was so right.
So I thought it would be fun to share some date ideas—ideas that were inspired by my book characters!
In no particular order, here are 5 fictional dates that I’d like to go on with my husband…maybe you can find some inspiration there, too!
- In Love is a Battlefield, Kristy and Ace have a picnic at Shiloh National Military Park. It’s a great scene, and something easy to recreate! Pack your picnic basket, grab your significant other, and head to the nearest park!
- I adore the scene in Can’t Help Falling in Love when Andrew and Emily go ice skating and then have hot chocolate. It was fun and romantic—especially when the snow began falling and he kissed her for the first time. This one may be a little tougher to replicate—but a lot of places have seasonal outdoor skating rinks during Christmas…now if I can only convince Johnny to go with me!
- Cliff takes Ruby to her very first college football game (the Arkansas Razorbacks) in Sweet Southern Christmas. They have such a good time together, enjoying the fall day and watching the game. What a fun date!
- If you’re an outdoor girl like me, it’s hard to beat Emma and Noah’s fishing date in Love Finds You in Charm. (for those who’ve seen the movie but not read the book…that date got left out of the movie!)
- In A Wedding Date in Hot Springs, Jackson takes Violet on a picnic to a hot air balloon festival. He does all the cooking (chicken salad sandwiches, deviled eggs, and banana pudding) in an effort to get some brownie points with her.
It’s interesting that I’ve written two picnic dates into books, but I can’t remember the last time I went on a picnic. I guess I know what our next date should be!
How about you? What’s your favorite fictional date that you’d like to go on in real life?