That's right, 17 years today. Can you believe it?!
You can't? Maybe some of you are vaguely recalling being at our wedding. There was an open bar--you remember that (sort of). It was hot (and humid). You're thinking, that's wasn't January. I don't think. And 17 years ago? Has it really been that long--Ebby's only 9 after all.
Are you scratching your head? Read on...
Tuesdays are now one of my days off. My husband invited me to lunch with him in the big city today. Not having to grill my own turkey burger? I was totally in. I breezed right down I-77 and secured a parking spot literally around the corner from Bob's office. I fed the meter and went off to meet the hubster. He made reservations for us at Capital Grille, I met him in the lobby of his building so we could walk over together. As we made the 3 minute trek he said to me, "It's our anniversary.". It is? Anniversary of what? I must admit to being stumped. He said when he called the restaurant to make the reservation they asked him if it was a special occasion. Which totally threw him for a proverbial loop. Being the fast thinker that he is, he replied, "Why yes, my wife and I, it's our anniversary". Our actual wedding anniversary is July 9th. The anniversary of when we met is February 6th. Technically, Tuesday January 30th is not our anniversary. But it was today at Capital Grille.
Let me just say, if you have a special occasion to celebrate they sure do treat you well at Capital Grille. It started when we walked in, Rob/Bob gave our name and the host looked right up and wished us a hearty "Happy Anniversary!". Why thank you very much. Smile, slight giggle. One of the hostesses brought us back to our table. Which was strewn with Happy Anniversary confetti in silver and gold, intermixed with red hearts. She wished us a Happy Anniversary as well. Then the "water waiter" came over to get our drink order. Guess what he said to us?? It was all over the table after all. Next, our waitress, Kim. Not only did she wish us a happy anniversary, she asked how long. 17 years my husband replied (apparently going with the 1990 date in his head). She did a double take at the silver fox and then expressed her disbelief and admiration. And asked for tips on how to make a marriage last that long. Oh sister, you don't know the half of it! She explained the daily specials and dropped off a small vase of lilies to further enhance the festiveness of our table. Nice touch. When our lunch arrived we were left in peace to
reminisce about our 17 years of wedded bliss discuss vacation rentals on Sunset Beach. Another waiter came over and cleared our dishes and took our dessert order. While waiting for our delectable slice of cheesecake to share (how romantic), Kim returned with a camera and took our picture. When our cheesecake arrived garnished with strawberries, a sprig of mint and an edible 'Happy Anniversary' sign, I almost called her back over to take another picture. It was just lovely. Really. The cheesecake was, in a word, delicious. We finally finished and Kim brought the check and an envelope. Dessert was complimentary and the envelope contained a thoughtful Capital Grille card from Kim and Phil (our servers) and a copy of our keepsake picture. I don't recall being fussed over so much at a restaurant--ever. It sure beats the gaggle of wait staff at Outback that gathers around your table singing "HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!", clapping and generally making you feel foolish. Actually, we went to Outback for my last birthday and the waitress totally forgot it was my birthday even though Bob told her. Hrmph. That would never happen at my new favorite restaurant, Capital Grille.
So, we have a gift certificate for dinner and a babysitter (Bubbe) for Friday night. We're heading to a very nice restaurant in Birkdale Village. I'll have to talk to Bob but...I think I feel another anniversary coming on...