Today I’m going to share with you three things that Dale did while I was out of town last weekend. Usually when I’m gone he has to work with the band or he’s got other commitments but this time he was largely on his own and he chose to spend his time in some pretty special ways so I thought you might like to hear about that.
- He spent Friday evening with Hannah. She came over after work and they had dinner and then they watched the movie Gettysburg. Now. Gettysburg is probably Dale’s favorite movie in the whole world. He generally watches parts of it every July on the anniversary of the battle but it’s rare for anyone else to watch it with him. It’s super long, for one. And, for another, we’ve all seen it many, many times. It surprised me when Dale told me that Hannah was the one who suggested they watch it together. She said she hadn’t actually watched it in it’s entirety since she was a kid and she thought it would be great fun to view it with her dad. Turns out she was right. They watched and quoted parts they remembered (Dale can probably recite all of the dialogue from start to finish) and they played our Gettysburg Drinking Game (you have to drink whenever they say the word “ground” and there’s a scene where they say ground about 10 times in 5 minutes.) And of course they fell asleep before it was over. That was okay, though, because Hannah had planned on spending the night. This was also special for Dale, I think, and probably for Hannah, too, since she hasn’t “slept over” at our house since she moved out 2 years ago and her old bedroom is now a guest room. She said it was strange to sleep in that room again and Dale said he couldn’t resist going up there in the morning to see her sleeping in her old room. They had coffee and egg sandwiches and finished the movie by noon on Saturday. It really warms my heart that they chose to spend this time together and to know how much they truly enjoy each other’s company.
- He spent Saturday evening with his dad. They ate pizza and listened to music and talked and laughed and reminisced. Given everything that happened in the summer of 2017, well, Dale is particularly grateful to still have his dad around to spend time with him.
- He spent Sunday afternoon with Jackie. Dale went over to their house and hung out for a while. He said Jack was absolutely adorable and came over and climbed up on Dale and settled in with him to watch TV together. Usually we have Jack come to our house so it’s always a treat to see him play and hang out in his own space and I know Dale loved getting to be with him for the afternoon.
Next week I’ll finally get around to telling you about what I did while Dale was home. Not home alone, though, and for that I’m very glad!
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