When You're Married, Don't Stop Dating
When you've been married for a while, it's easy to get stuck in your normal routine. Life gets busy, and our time is spread thin, sometimes at the expense of the relationship with our spouse. This is why dating shouldn't stop once we get married. Time alone together is crucial for keeping relationships strong. Fortunately, dates don't need to be time-intensive, expensive, or elaborate.
Every Sunday, my wife Mel and I do an eleven mile walk. Before leaving, we pack two big baggies of bird seed. We walk to a pond 5.5 miles away and feed the ducks. Then, on the way back, we stop at a gas station at mile 7. We get coffee. I get two hard boiled eggs and a string cheese. Mel gets a cheese stick and Lays potato chips. She shares her chips with me, but ALWAYS declines my offer to share my eggs with her. (I still can't understand why.) We share ear buds and listen to an audiobook or podcast together. This is, without a doubt, my favorite part of every weekend.