Friday night, Jenn and I had our first date night post Nolin. Our next door neighbors agreed to watch Nolin for a few hours and we made our way out.
So what are young and fun new parents like us to do during their brief escape from responsibility?
- We could go to a nice romantic dinner for two.
- We could go see a movie (although trying to agree on a movie can sometimes prove more difficult than watching after a 5 week old).
- Maybe we could act like we are 24 again and head downtown for a wild and crazy night.
We chose option 4…go to a political dinner for local government officials and individuals who had served on different boards and commissions during the year. Oh my God…it has finally happened…I have turned into my father. They talk about this happening, but you never actually think it will. It is safe to say that I spent the better part of my angst ridden youth (there really wasn’t too much angst, but I tried) rebelling and trying to be different and here it is…I am now my dad. Well I didn’t see that one coming.
Anyway, we arrived at the dinner and immediately just started laughing at the comedy that was surrounding our night. Our good friend George and his wife Sandra showed up a little later so we felt a little less out-of-place. We found ourselves placed at a table with two other residents who had served on various boards and commissions. the deputy mayor and the man who will most likely be our next mayor.
As the night went on, the conversations got more comfortable as we discovered that the deputy mayor had become a grandparent for the 2nd time just four weeks ago, serves on the board for Boys Town, and organization we volunteer with on Sunday nights through Stepping Onward, oh yeah and owned Tijuana Flats the place I have been singing at for the past few years. Although we are regulars there, I had never met him before.
Jenn’s motherly guilt about leaving Nolin with our neighbors quickly came over her, so she left before they handed out the certificates of service to go pick Nolin up. There may have also been some natural guilt because Nolin’s witching hours typically starts around 8:45, and we didn’t want our neighbors to never offer to babysit again. I got a ride home from George and Sandra, and then Jenn and I concluded our date night watching a movie with Nolin and Pancake…all in all I would say it was a pretty successful date night.