Go for a walk at the local mall and get an ice cream cone together. The exercise will be great if you take two to three laps around the mall, alternating between upstairs and downstairs. Walk at a fast pace, just enough to get the ‘ol heart beating. Take note of the specialty shops and after your laps, stop by a few and just window shop. No need to go crazy and spend next month’s budget, but it’s ok to dream a little. Remember to chat along the way. Tell her why you love her so much.
Look up historical sites in your town and go visit at least three. Hey, this can really be fun. Most cities have a chamber of commerce or a visitor’s bureau or you can search online for the local sites and look up the history. When Darleen and I visited Oysterville on the Washington coast, we found a little church built in the early 1800’s. On the same street were several original homes. Historical markers out front told a brief history. As Spock would say, “Fascinating!” Tell each other your favorite time in history and who you would like to meet if you could go back in time.
Look up the largest and smallest park within a fifteen mile radius and visit each. Take along some muffins, juice and fruit. Enjoy the first park with a walk and find a nice place for your mid-morning snack. Then, off to park number two. Take a walk around the park, stopping to take a few pictures here and there. Note the flowers, trees, and any birds you spot. After your walk, bring out the special lunch you packed earlier. Find a nice picnic table in the shade, or sun if you prefer, and relax. Share your most favorite place to spend time together.
Shop for all the necessary ingredients for an unusual dinner and make it together. This could be really fun. Make a homemade pizza with your favorite toppings. Or a special hot and spicy south of the boarder dish. Maybe try something stir fried. Or, if you like adventure, get a cook book with various ethnic dishes, and each of you pick out three that you would really like. Then number all your choices and put the numbers in a box. Pick one out, get to the store, and shop for the stuff. Come home, open a bottle of your favorite wine, and get cooking. After a fine dinner, you can get other things cooking.
Take the time to laugh, play, and make special memories together.