and I am his...
Song of Solomon 2:16
For the past 12 hours, I have done something I haven't done in a very long time. I have been on a date with my husband. No, he didn't take me to Atlanta or Jacksonville. No, we didn't go to a fancy restaurant. No, we didn't go to see a Broadway show.
Actually we stayed home most of the day.
I love being a wife. But, in the past 21-plus years our relationship has been centered around children. When you become parents you often forfeit and surrender your own plans because of children. That's not necessarily negative, it just seems to be a part of the job.
And I love that job. I love being a mom. I don't think there has ever been a job that I have held that brings as much satisfaction and fulfillment as being a mom.
Now as the children are getting older, gaining independence, and are moving out, I am no longer needed in the same way. I admit it is sad to me and really weird - even though it is a natural process.
But there is a silver lining! My husband and I are actually getting to know each other again. We spent the entire day together ... uninterrupted. It almost feels like we are dating again! We worked in the yard together, watched football together, cooked together, ate together, shopped together, and watched a movie together. A 12-hour date!
Nothing will ever be the same again for me as a mom. But just because every thing's different, doesn't mean it can't be as good.
That's what I learned in the past 12 hours.