It’s my favorite night of the week – date night! I can’t emphasize enough how important these special nights have been in helping me make the transition from constantly busy parent, to empty-nester. When the kids were growing up, it seems that every weekend was filled with baseball games, dance recitals, school activities, and all the other things they were involved in. When the last one left for college, the weekend loomed ahead as a big, empty void; a time for all my ‘missing’ to catch up to me. I’m grateful that my husband agreed a regular date night was just what we needed.
I remember when we first got married, hearing again and again that we needed to go on dates even if the only thing we could afford was a milkshake with two straws. It took us 25 years to heed that advice, and I wish we’d done it sooner. If you don’t have a regularly scheduled date night or night out with friends, I highly recommend you begin – even if all you can manage is a trip to Braum’s to share a banana split.
Tonight, we adventured in Broken Arrow, OK, at my favorite movie theatre, The Warren. If you haven’t visited this theatre in Broken Arrow
or Moore, OK, you may wonder why I go out of my way when I can see the same movie much closer to home. If you have been to The Warren, you know why I go. This theatre makes going to the movies an event. It’s decorated like an old-style movie palace, there’s a 21-plus balcony area so you don’t have to sit by chatting children if you don’t want to, and you can have some delicious food served directly to your movie seat (tonight, I had the turkey burger and my husband had the Cuban sandwich). Also, if you arrive on time, they treat you to a cool music and light show, which always reminds me of a Trans-Siberian Orchestra concert.
It's true that sitting in the 21+ areas and ordering food makes for a more expensive movie experience, so I reserve The Warren for those big-budget, action-packed movies that benefit from being seen on a massive screen. Tonight, we saw the newest Planet of the Apes flick. I’ve been a fan of these stories from the first time I heard Charleton Heston yell, “You maniacs, you blew it up,” and the newest iteration of the movies has not disappointed me.
Whatever you choose to do, plan your night on the town – you’ll be glad you did.