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The magic of date night

November 13, 2012
By ANDREW POTTER - Staff Writer ( , Times-Republican

I see other parents talk about it all the time on Facebook, but rarely do I get to experience it.

It's called "date night" and a few weeks ago I was able to experience it in a big way with my wife.

It brought back memories of having fun together out on the town, before bringing with us two children, a diaper bag and a "let's get this over with so we don't make a scene" attitude.

Don't get me wrong, I love eating out with the children and they behave for the most part. But even as I'm eating, I'm planning my best exit strategy should the baby start screaming like a banshee - which rarely happens.

Well, when date night happened a couple of weeks ago, there was nothing in the back of my mind except enjoying myself. The kids were already in bed and my parents were at our house if they needed someone.

We were thrilled we were able to experience some live music and some dancing. We smiled and laughed as we sang along to the songs. When you are just one of a few couples on the dance floor, you have some apprehension that people are looking at you, but we let loose anyway.

It also helped that one guy was breaking it down big time on the dance floor so he attracted all the attention. His legs were moving faster than those automated body parts on that Herbie Hancock video. He was definitely feeling the music.

Aside from this night out dancing, last month we even were able to get a babysitter and go to a movie theater together, a rare luxury for those with small children. Now I know what people are talking about when they say how great date night is as I essentially had two of them recently.

I wouldn't trade my two kids for anything, but sometimes you have to remember where your relationship started. If there wasn't this relationship and the love to begin with, the kids wouldn't have ever come along.

Sometimes parents can get snippy with each other especially as children, jobs, lack of sleep and housework can weigh them down.

I look forward to the next date night, which probably won't come along too soon. Until then, I'm fine having family date nights with my wife, a 4-year-old and a 10-month-old.

That's kind of special too.


Reporter Andrew Potter is a Tuesday columnist for the Times-Republican. The views expressed in this column are personal views of the writer and don't necessarily reflect the views of the T-R. Contact Andrew Potter at 641-753-6611 or



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