Special Night

Summer is the busiest time of year for my husband’s business.  He goes in early to beat the heat of the shop or get paperwork done before his phone starts its continuous ringing.  Many times he walks through the door in the afternoon only to get a phone call beckoning him back to work.  Sometimes those jobs go into the early hours of the next day, yet he still gets up and goes in at the regular time the next day.  Most weekends are free, but he is always on call for emergencies and usually gets at least one or two calls.  He’s a hard-working man and when you own a business, work never really stops.  Needless to say, his summers are exhausting and I can’t blame him for wanting to sit in his easy chair, in his air-conditioned house, and rest.

So imagine my surprise when he asked me out on a date last weekend.  A “real date”, he says.

Now, I will tell you, that after 33 years of marriage, the term “date” has definitely been redefined.

As a teenager, a date would consist of me doing my hair and makeup for at least an hour (this was the era of Farrah hair and I had it going on)  It didn’t matter if we were going to the lake, movie, rodeo, or bonfire- hair and makeup had to be Just. Right.  Next would come clothes but, since I didn’t have that many outfits to choose from, spending a little extra time on my hair and makeup was a must to make up for my lack of fashion (which still exists to this day.)  My curfew was midnight and I was never early getting home.

When our boys were young, a “date” meant we might get to sit by each other at a ballgame.  Since he coached the boys baseball teams from T-ball through Senior Babe Ruth, that was rare.  Football and basketball games were different since he didn’t coach these sports, and he would always buy me supper which consisted of nachos and a coke.  A lot of our friends would be there and it was great hanging out with them and reliving our glory days of youth while watching our kids make their own memories.  It’s the little things you know.

By the time the boys grew up and left the house, we were tired.  We didn’t feel like going ‘out’ on a “date”.  We could have a date right here at the house. Grill outside, sit on the back porch, watch the birds, watch the deer, pet the dog, and go to bed early.  Good times.

Since we have been remodeling the lake house, we jokingly refer to a “date” as a trip to Lowes.  We meander the aisles thinking of projects we need to do, should do, could do, might do, but probably won’t do.  We rarely buy anything.  Sometimes we hold hands and I’ll give him a shoulder bump if I’m feeling especially energetic.  I tell him he’s lucky to have a woman who’s, not only beautiful and witty (shoulder bump), but also a cheap date. He agrees and then we go home.  Oh how the years have changed us.

So this “real date” had me intrigued.

“Should I dress up?”, I asked knowing darn good and well I have nothing to dress up in.  “Nope”, he said.  This is good.  One crisis diverted.  “But we do need to take the truck”, he added.  Oh boy!  I’m thinking we ARE going to Lowes and get that new freezer I’ve been wanting.  “Cool”, I say nonchalantly trying hide my pathetic excitement over a freezer.

We head to town and end up here.

drive in movie theater

I am floored.  We literally have not been to this Drive In in about twenty five-thirty years.   I’m sure we brought the kids a time or two, but other activities pushed this venue to the bottom of the list.

The sign is just like I remember from high school.

drive in movie theater

As was the multi-car entrance

drive in movie theaterFlashback:  Back in the day, we would all meet at someone’s house (usually the person with the biggest truck), pile in the BACK of the truck and drive several miles (on the highway!) to the movie.  I think we could get in for about $2 a truck load (if anyone remembers, I would love to know) and when we got there we would unload chairs, grills, and coolers and made ourselves at home.

drive in movie theater

Tonight, though, it was just the two of us and we drove around to find just the right spot. We discovered the last row seemed to have the only row with the original speakers.

drive in movie theater

Everyone else could tune in the movie on their radio, but we wanted to relish the whole retro experience.   So he backed the truck in,

drive in movie theater

placed the speakers (scratchy sound included at no extra cost) on the side of the truck,

drive in movie theatre speaker

and got our chairs ready.

My handsome date

My handsome date

We did the expected selfie,

drive in movie

As you can see, I spent several seconds on my hair.

posted it on Facebook, instagram, and twitter and settled in to watch the movies.

It was going to be a blue moon that night, so we watched it come up over the trees

full moon date night drive in movie

and settle into the sky.

full moon drive in theater

We hadn’t been here in so long, we forgot they show two movies.  We began to panic when we started figuring out what time the last one would be over, so we gave ourselves a pep talk which ended in the phrase, ‘we are not that old’ and needed to buck up and take one for the good ol’ ’70’s generation.  Go us!

Thanks so much for the date, hon. (shoulder bump)  It was fun spending the evening with you and I hope we make a habit of doing this more often.  It was the best date ever.


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About the blonde gardener

I'm an Arkansas girl born and raised. I garden in the beautiful Northwest part of the state (zone 6b or 7) surrounded by the Ozark Mountains. My favorite part about the area is we have 4 distinct seasons and are able to enjoy a variety of activities. My main passion is gardening but I also enjoy hiking, birding, 4-wheeling and motorcycle trips. Basically anything outside. Thanks for stopping by! Brenda
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22 Responses to Special Night

  1. Anonymous says:

    Love it. We too have hot dates to Lowes. So fun to read. Best to both of you.


  2. Nikki G says:

    So funny, I can so relate! We have been married 38 years and those trips to Lowes ARE exciting! Ha! Where is that drive in? You stayed for two movies? Wow!


  3. Dawn says:

    Oh, Brenda! What a great post! So many of us can relate to your memories. 🙂 It was a perfect date night!! If we lived nearby, it could have been a ‘double date!’ ♡

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  4. But what about the heat? The humidity? The mosquitos? No way could you get me to do this in Florida.


    • After the sun went down, it got cool and thankfully the humidity was not too bad either. We have a Thermacell we use when we go out like that. they are great for keeping the mosquitos at bay. You should check them out. We got ours at Academy Sports.


  5. Tammy says:

    It sounds like so much fun! Good memories of that old place.

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  6. Peter/Outlaw says:

    Very sweet! Gosh, all of the drive in theaters here have been gone for years. How cool that this one is still open and that you got to re live this experience from the past!

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  7. That’s so neat! I’ve always wanted to go to a drive-in!

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  8. That is so cute. Where is this drive in?


  9. Aww, you had me in tears, first for sentimentality, and then in laughter. Great, great post. Thanks so much for the good feelings I have in my heart, right now. ❤ K

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  10. Brenda, you doll you, I dearly loved this post. I’m so glad I sat down after gardening to read. I love the drive in. We have one in Guthrie, and we still go from time to time. Ours has a full car price on Wednesday nights. Thank you for this post. I’m glad you had fun on your date.

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  11. Sounds like you’ve got a great guy there. I can’t remember the last time I was at a drive-in!

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  12. Mags says:

    Brenda I am so happy I got to come visit your blog today. I sure have enjoyed reading about your date, how sweet. Reading it brought back memories of my drive-in movie days. I have not even seen a drive-in for years. How fun that you still have one you can go to. I smiled all through the reading of this blog. What a super sweet hubby you have. Him working so hard and coming home so tired made me think of all the years my hubby carried the mail and came home drained to the bone during the hot summer days. He worked a lot of overtime curtailing routes after delivering his own route. I bet you have come a long way on the remodeling since I visited last. Hugs and I hope you are enjoying all of the holiday weekend.


  13. Oh I love this post! Our dates usually consist of trips to Home Depot, although as our kids get older we do go downtown and have dessert once in awhile. Glad you got out and had fun!

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