By A.B. Chesler, author of A Man and His Books
5:37 PM – Our Wi-Fi goes out.
After a few failed attempts to revive it, we give up. The sitter will be here in just over an hour. It won’t be our problem anymore.
5:58 PM – The sitter calls.
She mutters something about car trouble and drops the dreaded date night bomb: she has to cancel. There goes our hope of having happy hour and that trendy, new place and pretending we don’t have kids.
6:02 PM – Being good parents.
Even though it’s been a long week and we are beat, we decide to entertain the little ones the old-fashioned way. The kids laugh so they hard they snort, and the exhaustion is worth it.
6:21 PM – The exhaustion is no longer worth it.
Eleven puppet shows and two and a half tantrums later, and we have to attempt the Wi-Fi again. It still doesn’t work.
6:24 PM – Surprise, kids! It’s an early bath time…
They won’t notice when we put them to bed while the sun is still up, right?
6:49 PM – Miraculously, the kids are winding down.
The eldest has been read her story, the youngest has been given his bottle.
7:07 PM – Both our son and daughter are snoring (loudly).
We have changed out of our date night clothes and into pajamas, and hubby has ordered pasta from our favorite Italian joint. We settle onto the couch to stream our shows and…. The. Internet. Is. Still. Out.
7:36 PM – Finding buried treasure.
While hubby has “almost” fixed our connection three times, I am compulsively tidying. Suddenly, I spy a bit of red poking out from the cracks in our couch. I pull apart the cushion to reveal a treasure hidden just above two other deeply stuffed toys. It’s the DVD that arrived earlier. Thieves.
7:37 PM – We pop in the film.
It's a favorite of both of ours that neither of us have seen in a long time—just then, there is a knock on the door. Food has been delivered. Our bellies and hearts are quickly full, and the laughter is flowing. We now actually consider this a much better option. Thanks for saving date night, DVD Netflix.
8:12 PM – Our son wakes up.
I say, “1, 2, 3, NOT IT.”
Amy Chesler is an author, content creator, blogger, and family woman from Los Angeles, California. Her most recent publications include four different contributions in six different Chicken Soup for the Soul anthologies, as well as her first solo children’s book, A Man and His Books (available on Amazonand most other book-selling sites). Follow her on Twitter (@abcauthor), Facebook (www.facebook.com/abchesler), or Instagram (@abc_author) for updates, giveaways, and much more!