Thomas and I don’t spend much time out in the Tempe area since we live in Mesa, but we ventured out that way this evening for a belated anniversary dinner celebration. My in-laws took Little Bit on vacation with them to Wyoming; this vacation is the first time she will have been away from me for about two weeks time. She handled our goodbyes much better than I did; I was bawling this morning on the road to my in-laws and cried again while Avery and I were enjoying some alone time at their house. Our kid gave me a pep talk both times telling me not to be sad and that she was coming back. She’s only four but sometimes, she really impresses me with her conversational skills.
I was also a little more emotional having Avery leave on such a significant day; today is my late mother’s birthday. She would have turned 49. Even though I don’t talk about her much, I think of how much she didn’t get to experience. She never saw any of her children graduate from high school; she never saw me get married, graduate college or see Avery after she was born or celebrate her birthdays; and she won’t see any future grandchildren my siblings have.
I think my mom would have been impressed that Thomas and I just recently celebrated our 8th anniversary. On our actual anniversary, I gave Thomas a handwritten note and he picked up our favorite menu items from Blue Wasabi: pizza egg rolls, tempura battered soft shell crab, dam jumper sushi rolls, and their summer lovin’ sushi rolls. He kept the items warm in the oven until I got home from work so the bed of lettuce under the plated dinner items was wilted and looked so silly. Oh, and we all split a Chick-Fil-A chocolate chunk cookie for dessert. It was a perfectly simple anniversary dinner at home.
Tonight we went out to Tempe to have a true couple anniversary dinner at House of Tricks. After our pretty awesome meal, great service, and an entire bottle of Moscato, we walked three or four miles around the area. I have never walked around Mill Avenue before, but I have been missing out. Tempe is just beautiful.
And we found some doses of humors on our walk.