Sunday, April 27, 2008


So yesterday was Tom's birthday. Fifty-one years old! I keep teasing him about receiving all the AARP magazines and mail.

I'd better stop, for next year is my year. Sigh.

Anyway, our day was marvelous. Gorgeous weather and green trees, even, and we went to a few yard sales then drove the country route to the next-town-over and had lunch at a buffet place. We did some window shopping afterward then drove over to our favorite whisk-you-back-to-the-1940's movie theater, where (as their motto says) every seat is only $3.50.

And well, some of you will think this odd, but we watched separate movies. I know, I know... but Tom has hankered for months to see 10,000 B.C. and I've told him for months I'd rather chew-glass-while-watching-paint-dry-and-couldn't-he-watch-something-else-which-wouldn't-give-me-nightmares? But no, he still wanted B.C. so that's what he saw while I watched Vantage Point, a movie I'd wanted to see for months.

Tom was sitting in the lobby when I came out of my movie and I bubbled all over about how heart-pumping Vantage Point was and didn't he want to see it at the next showing? He smiled and said he'd consider it, but first, how about if we drove to the SPCA and looked at their dogs, you know, for future reference for the someday dog we will have on our tiny farm.

I agreed that would be fun so that's what we did... drove along the country road all gorgeous in the middle of its greening and stopped at the SPCA where they even had contented white roosters and ducks wandering outside. But inside they had just two dogs for adoption, which surprised us. We patted them through the cage doors (well, you couldn't get me near the huge black horse-like thing with a bark which shook the room, but Tom touched him). The other dog was a curly little guy named Buddy who jumped and whirled around like they'd poured coffee in his dish.

Then we hopped back in the car and back to the theater where we saw (again, for me) Vantage Point, which Tom loved as I knew he would and I enjoyed it for the second time. We both remarked how quickly the movie zoomed by--it seemed to last less than an hour, so fast-paced and interesting, it was.

We chatted about it on the way home and the rest of the evening was sweet, as well. One of those nights where I stayed up late and snuggled into the couch to fall asleep so to make the whole day last longer.

We have been married nearly 30 years and still I am amazed at the fun Tom and I have together. And not just on special days, either. I had that same thought this week when he came home from work and I carried his dinner to the living room, hurrying because we were window-shopping online for something for our new house. I can't even recall what it was, I only remember feeling so happy with this man sitting beside me.

And isn't that what matters most?
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"The greatest of these is love..." ... from I Corinthians 13

2 comments:

Hilmarose said...

Happy belated birthday Tom! I am glad it was a good one!

daisydreamer said...

Sounds like a lovely day.
I LOVED Vantage point. It's one that really needs to be watched on the big screen. I love the unique way it presented the story from each vantage point.