My husband and I are a little rusty on the art of dating, but every now and then, we give it the 'ole college try. We are blessed to have a very flexible babysitter and so periodically, we head out into the suburban wilds. Our typical date night usually includes a nice dinner and a trip to the bookstore.
Last night, we made a strategic error. We went out on a Sunday. The dinner part went swimmingly but then we realized that all the local bookstores close early on Sunday night. Many of you will recognize the panic state that ensues when you have a babysitter for the night, but no concrete plan of where to go. I am always willing to jump into the fray and so I came up with this retro idea: "Let's go parking." My husband's eyes narrowed, hard to say with what emotion, and off we went.
Our first stop was the local park in the center of town. In theory the moon was shining and reflecting off the lake, the darkened trees were standing guard, and our pear-tinis were working their magic. Cut to actual conversation:
"UHHHH, there are people here, probably teenagers."
"Yeah, that is generally who goes parking."
"We will be the creepy old people who get busted parking and featured in the S------Chronicle."
"So you need a parking lot with no parked cars."
"Yeah, let's try that."
Our second stop was a local school. True, there were no cars, but the police bust that I was sure was eminent just got a lot worse. No go. At this point, and let me say for the record that this is why I adore my husband, he started getting amused. I think he realized that the actual parking part of the evening was going to be the driving part of the evening. We contemplated a church lot filled with cars using the technique of blending in with the natives but a lot of elderly folks probably finishing up bingo started pouring out of the building. No go.
We ended up at a trail head, tucked off the main road. The setting was benign vis-a-vis police presence. The moon was still working it's magic. My husband cut the engine:
"Wow, it got cold in here fast." As my good friend pointed out retrospectively, teenagers park because they don't have anywhere else to go. We have our very own home with sleeping kids and a babysitter who is only too happy to leave a bit early. You can't go back but you can go home:)