Tuesday, February 12, 2013

The Adventure

When I was dating my wife I decided I wanted to impress her, so I made reservations at the best restaurant in town. Not being from the area, I went online to investigate the comments, ratings and recommendations made about this establishment. After so doing, I was confident I had made the right decision. Calling for reservations seemed to confirm my pick, as it was nearly impossible to find a time I could reserve a table for two. I had the lady write my reservation down, securing the most romantic table in the place.

It was only after I had made the reservation that I remembered to see if she was even available that day. Well, as luck would have it, she was. I told her we were going to dinner, and she should dress up. As for the destination, that would be a surprise.

When the day came for the big date, I washed and vacuumed the car, picked up my suit from the cleaners, and spit polished my shoes. I was feeling a little bit like James Bond heading to the casino, when I pulled up in front of her building.

She looked stunning as she met me. I did manage to tell her that -- always a good thing.

I opened her car door, and we headed to the restaurant.

Or so I thought.

As it had been awhile since making the reservation, and because I didn't look at the map before I left, I totally forgot how to get there. I knew the general direction and some key landmarks, but that was about it.

In other words, I was lost.

When we passed the same intersection the third time, she asked where we were headed. Being a man on a mission, I was not going to admit we were lost, so I told her we were on an "adventure."

Well, we did make the dinner reservations; she was impressed, and she eventually became my wife.

Since then, we have had many big adventures. Sometimes they start with a wrong turn and a fresh discovery along the road. Sometimes they begin when I turn the controls over to her, and I just go along for the ride. Yes, many a serendipitous discovery has resulted from our adventures.

The best part of the adventure is the time we spend together -- talking, laughing, learning more about each other. As we do this, we find out just how good a partner each of us is for the other.

That has been our greatest discovery, knowing that wherever we are is where the adventure begins.

The rest of the story: She did buy me a GPS for a wedding present.

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