A few weeks ago we started a little routine that we’ve been thinking about since pregnancy! Our own little Babysit Exchange Club. (You can read about the idea on MamaModerne.com). We have had many dates since Little Man was born. But this was the first one that we took, just because! No birthday, anniversary, special event, or anything. Just the two of us ready for some time together. Luckily, some of our friends were ready for the same thing and were willing to watch Nolan in exchange for us watching their son during their date the next week!
My Sweetheart and I went to Sunset Grill in Hillsboro Village. On our first date (which was quite an adventure that I’ll have to write about another time), we had dessert there. We’ve been curious about their other food, so he surprised me by taking us there. We actually weren’t crazy about our entrees, but the experience was fun, and the creme brûlée was the best!
From there we took a stroll and walked around Belmont’s campus (our alma mater). Solomon graduated in 2004 and I graduated in 2006. Not long ago at all! But every time we swing by, it looks completely different! Each time we revisit, a new dorm popped up where there used to be a parking lot! But the landscaping is just as prestige as ever.
More than noting differences, I reminisce about what it was like being a college student. Only a few years ago, but a totally different lifestyle and mindset from where I am now! Also, different landmarks around the campus remind me of milestones in our own relationship.
- The same track is there, where we walked several laps before Solomon could choke out the word, “m-m-m-marriage” at a serious point in our relationship.
- Heron Hall, the dorm where I lived my first two years, was around the corner. In the second year, I was on the 3rd floor in an attic-style room. I could look out a window from my bed that overlooked the parking lot that my friend, Solomon, usually parked in. I watched him and prayed for him. (I’m not a creep, am I?! I guess not since we got married after all!)
- There is the courtyard with the anatomically-correct llama statue that was painted hot-pink at one time. One day I walked through in between classes and thought I heard my name shouted amidst the crowd of other students. From a fear of turning around to someone calling another person or no one calling at all and feeling foolish, I ignored it and walked on. Later I found out that my new friend, Solomon, indeed had been calling out my name! I’m glad he was still my friend after that!