Once a year we try to take each of the kids out on a "Date Night". The other night was Zach's turn to go on a date with me...and boy did we have fun! Our first stop was supper at Bob Evans. While we were eating supper it sounded a little like this:
Me: Let's ask each other a few questions and see if we can get them right.
Zach: Okay, I'll go first. What's my favorite color?
Zach: Yep....What's my favorite number?
Me: Hmmm..I didn't know you had a favorite number, but I'll go with 7.
Zach: Nope..17. I always take my age and then add 10 and that's my favorite number. Every time I have a birthday, my favorite number changes.
Me: Ohhh nice, good to know. Okay, now it's my turn. If someone asked you what mommy likes to do, what would you say?
Zach: Spend time with her kids and family.
Me: Wow, great answer Zach, your right about that! What is someone asked you what does your enjoy doing? (I wash fishing for what hobbies I enjoy).
Zach: Cleaning the house....
Me: Trying REALLY HARD not to burst out with loud obnoxious laughter....a few giggles might have slipped out. While I was giggling Zach looked at me confused and with hand gestures an shrugging shoulders says " What you do like cleaning...you always say you like a tidy house." To which I reply, "Yes, Zach I do enjoy a tidy house (even if it only lasts a meager 5 minutes). I was just wondering what hobbies you think I enjoy...
Zach: Ohh...Quilting and gardening stuff like that
Also during our dinner we had some great discussion about:
**How things will go when he finds a girl he might like to marry. He thinks he might meet her in college..dad said that's a great place to meet new people.
**How his dad once told him that when he a teenager he might not think we are super cool & smart like he does now. Never fear, he thinks dad said this will only last about 4 days....lol!
**He thinks that around 17 is when most people get a job. That gives them enough time to save money to buy a car...which cost around $4000.
I love the memories we make on these date nights! I love the discussion and discovering how my children view life...some times are more educational than others.
If you haven't taken your child (young or old) on a date night, I would highly recommend it. It can be as frugal or over- the-top as you want it to be. I spent $15 on supper and some tokens to play some fun arcade style games and he said, "Mom, I've had the best night!" It melted my heart and made me even more thankful that I had carved out time to make him feel special.