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Date Night: A Sad Idea?

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Georgie Hockett: When I was kid-free, I thought a married couple's date night was the saddest thing on the planet. Isn't every night (or at least every Friday and Saturday) date night? But then I had a baby and date night has become Christmas -- it's about once a year, there's lots of preparation and I always look forward to it.

two parents on a date

Don't get me wrong, I like going out as a family; I know how to do it now. My Rescue Pack/purse -- overflowing with applesauce cups, Goldfish, Cheerios, at least two books, a note pad and a small box of Crayons -- is firmly pressed to my side as we enter an establishment. Then my husband and I spring into action, like well-trained secret agents: I spy the high chair, he wipes it down. I hold my daughter, as he kills 99.9% of kid-caused bacteria, and gets her psyched up, "We're in a restaurant now with good food you'll love ... you can drink water from the cup; we'll even put a lemon in it!" I whisper in her ear.

But a 'Mommy and Daddy Date Night' is nice because: 1. I can carry a smaller purse, or even leave it at home altogether; 2. I don't have to entertain someone under the age of two, 3. Mama can drink a shiny glass of Shiraz.

It's always good to be reminded how you two became parents in the first place: you love each other so much, you made a person together.

And at the end of the date, driving back to the house, I always find myself excited to see her, hoping to catch her before Grandma and Papa put her to sleep so I can get that kiss goodnight.

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