When Matt and I were dating, one of the things we would do very often was play pool at a local billiards - Classic Cue. It was a nice evening activity which didn't involve going to a bar or sitting silently at a movie.
One of our very first dates was here... I'll never forget - we were playing pool, and Matt asked me, "So, what are your rules for pool?" and I told him the basics of what I knew about pool. For some reason, I thought he asked me the same question again, so I said, "Basically, if you get it in, great - if you don't, try again!" Well, the look on his face pretty clearly indicated that he wasn't asking me about pool - his mouth was open wide with a smile, as were his eyes with a shocked look on his face... I thought, "Uh oh" and said, "What?! What did you ask me?!" and he said, "I asked you what your rules were for DATING!"
I was SO embarrassed, and naturally he thought it was great. I think it was then that he knew he wanted to marry me!
Having been married for 6+ years, him working 2nd shift on a new job, me working full time during the day, two young children, etc., dates were very few and far between. Time got away from us quickly and before we knew it, it had been months since we'd gone on a date with each other.
This past October, we finally planned a date night. Matt looked in the paper for times that a movie was playing (I forgot which movie), and we got to the theater and they were already 45 minutes into the movie. I guess he looked at the paper wrong, so we left and he drove us around until we ended up at Classic Cue.
We hadn't been there in YEARS. It was pretty cool to have a date like the ones we used to have way back when! We were in desperate need of some quality time together, and this gave it to us more than if we were to sit in silence at a movie theater. Kinda felt like the old days...
I'm so thankful for that date. It means more to me now than I ever thought it would - almost like we had gone full circle.