Sure, dating is obviously important. It’s exactly how I went from Megan Edwards to Megan Hawkins. Drew and I had a relatively brief dating period, about 8 months, before we became engaged. We would spend the next year and a half, from February 2010 to this past month, planning our dream wedding. What else did we do? Why, continued dating of course! As many wise married couples have told me (ahem, Mom and Dad), it’s so important not to lose that “lovin’ feeling” or become complacent with your significant other, just because you said “yes” and are getting ready to say “I do.” Throughout our entire relationship, we’ve actively dated each other—planning fun dinner dates and outings. Now that we’re married, we’ve made a pact to keep a good thing going—have a date night at least once a week.
This past Saturday, date night took us to a fun Mexican restaurant, La Fonda Latina, which we’d heard so many great things about from Drew’s coworkers. We ended up sitting in the outdoor front patio since both inside and the upper deck patio were full. One of the great things about Atlanta is that we’ll be able to enjoy dining al fresco well into the fall months, something we certainly wouldn’t have been able to do in Chicago. In fact, we decided that one of the parameters for our date nights would that they’d have to be outside. Plus, it may just be my opinion, but I swear to it that a margarita tastes 10 times better if you’re drinking it watching the sun go down as the warm summer breeze blows around you.
We both ordered margaritas—we’d been thinking about them all day…okay, maybe all week—and being the fish taco connoisseur that I am, I ordered the salmon fish tacos. They came highly recommended by several tipsters on Foursquare. Yes, Drew and I are the quintessential social media nerd couple: wherever we go, we’re sure to check-in on Foursquare. It’s become an in-house rivalry of who can score more points than the other. Drew has been beating me the entire time. Drew ordered the chicken enchiladas, which I’ve quickly learned is his go-to when we’re at a Mexican restaurant that isn’t Puerto Vallarta back in Bowling Green.
Our food came pretty quickly, which was a good thing since I was putting the hurt on my margarita. Both of our meals were delicious and we decided that we’d definitely be reoccurring customers. Maybe next time I can convince Drew to have a bite of a fish taco. Alas, perhaps not.
On with date night: we ended up driving around Atlanta for the next hour, discovering new places and restaurants we wanted to try. Needless to say, we have lots of fodder for future date nights. I think there are several places in Virginia Highlands and Buckhead that are at the top of the list.
So what’s the moral of the story here? Even if you’ve been dating for a while, or you’ve been married for ten years, never give up on date night. I think it’s important to keep discovering—and rediscovering—things that you love about one another. We’ve learned that this doesn’t have to be an extravagant thing; just walking down the street, hand in hand with your other half, is the richest thing of all.