Date night

Last Friday night, my husband and I got to do one of our favorite things – date night!  After a nice dinner, we decided to watch the bats on Congress.  I have lived in Austin since 1999, and the last time I saw the bats was on a visit before I moved here!

This city has some really cool things to do, and it occurred to me that I usually don’t do them unless there are family and friends in town.  I’m sorry Austin.  I will no longer take you for granted!

I was getting a haircut last week and there were some kids sitting quietly playing with a video game while their mom got her hair done.  I have to admit, I was a bit jealous.  Evan has never been able to handle situations like that.  Even something as small as grocery shopping or a movie can be a high anxiety event.  I watched as these kids were sitting so quietly and wondered, “Is she grateful? Does she know how lucky she is? Does she take that for granted?”

Then I stopped cold in my tracks and realized how far Evan has come since the hospital and how much progress he has made.  Maybe I have been taking that for granted too.

I’m pretty sure we all take some wonderful things in our lives for granted.  We have food to eat, a place to sleep, and if you’re reading this now, you are one of the few people in the world who are literate and have access to a computer.

It’s so easy to get caught up in daily activity and take the gifts in our life for granted.  Whether it’s your job, your spouse, your friends, or the city you live in, take some time this week to appreciate the little things.


  1. Anne,

    I am so glad to see that you and your family are doing so well. Great picture of you and your new husband, Jay – that picture “says a thousand words.” You both look so happy. And I am glad to hear that Evan is doing so well.

    I look forward to your inspiring, positive stories that I know come straight from your heart and pass into the hearts of untold numbers.

    I am grateful for you.

    Kay Steed

    • Hi Kay! Great to hear from you. Thanks so much for taking the time to comment 🙂 Things are going great. I can’t believe Evan is going to be in the 3rd grade! Where does time go????? Hope all is well with you and your family.

  2. Anne–LOL!!!

    When I read your article, the ‘bats on Congress’ phrase didn’t make sense to me at first, and I thought, Maybe she means ‘bats IN Congress’ and is watching C-SPAN. But what a weird way to spend date night.’ Then I remembered Austin’s bats.

    I hope you and your husband enjoyed watching them. They reall are neat!

    I hear you about taking things for granted. I saw my mother alive for the last time two days before she died, and I never thought for a moment during that last visit that I would never get to speak to her again, hug her, or laugh with her about something silly my niece and nephew did. It has certainly caused me to appreciate more every minute I can spend with my father and my husband.


    • You crack me up! Thanks for sharing about your mom. I find myself getting frustrated with mine at times and have to stop myself and be reminded of how grateful I am that she is here.

      I appreciate your insight 🙂

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