Eng. 101 Narrative
After 10 years of marriage, my wife wanted me to take another woman out on a date. She convinced me by saying, “I love you, but I know that this other woman loves you just as much as I do and would appreciate spending time with you.” The other woman that my dear sweet wife Lindsey wanted me to take out and spend time with was my mother-in-law, who bless her heart, has been alone and on her own for far too long. The demands of life and my role as a husband and father of three little boys and my darling daughter Mallory, made it difficult if not sometimes seemingly impossible to get to spend time with my mother-in-law as much as I would like.
So one evening, after setting apart some time later in that week, I called Cristy, explaining just how honored I would be if she would go have an evening out with just me. “What’s wrong, are you all right?” she asked me. See what you don’t know is that my mother-in-law is a very self-sufficient woman, and receiving a call late at night from one of her loved ones could possibly be a sign of some bad news or something tragic happened. So I proceeded to inform her, “No mom, I was just wanted to spend some time with you.” “Just the two of us?” she then asked. “Yep, just you and me!” Without any hesitation, she responded with, “I would like that very much Gregory.” Followed by an immediate, “You’re sure there’s nothing wrong and you’re okay?” “Yes Cristy, I’d just like to spend some time with you.”
That Saturday evening, I proceeded to go pick her up. In route I found myself, oddly, a bit anxious and nervous. As I pulled up to her house, she was locking her door and I hurried and parked and got out to open her door for her. She was wearing one of her Sunday dresses and had herself all done up. I felt kind of giddy and excited, realizing just how similar this was to dating my now wife. She must have seen my goofy grin from ear to ear, as she just smiled back at me and said, “I told...