Hubby and me had a reason to celebrate today, so we decided to go out to eat. I was supposed to come up with two ideas of a restaurant, he would do the same. I'm not good at this. Mainly I don't take the time to research like he does, secondly, I'm just plain lazy.
So he came up with two ideas and I liked both, but one we had not been to and was right along the beach. That seemed like a nice venue to celebrate so we agreed on that.
He made a reservation for the time we wanted to go. They asked if it was a special occasion and he said yes and what it was. When he told me, I'm like "oh no, you didn't say what it was" because I'm not one that likes attention drawn to myself, but he said yes because he was glad for the occasion and the celebration and wanted everyone to know. I had to agree with him when he presented it like that. It should be shouted from the rooftops because a lot of people don't get to reach the milestone that we did, my parents definitely did not.
So we get to the restaurant and are greeted warmly by the hostess with the best of wishes, sat at a very nice table to enjoy the beach and the setting sun. We start to take a look at the menu and I realize this is going to cost an arm and a leg, but sometimes you go with the flow, no matter how expensive it might be.
We are on a tight budget, have been for the past four years. But sometimes you just got to let it go.
So we let it go tonight.
The server came and took our drink orders after offering best wishes to us. Combinedl, our wines would have bought eight bottles of "cheap" wine. But you go with the flow. Shortly after, the manager came and introduced himself and talked with us for a few minutes, again expressing best wishes and congratulations.
We ordered our entrees, which were al carte, i.e., everything you are getting extra is going to cost extra. Soup and/or salad does not come with the meal. Nine dollars each for a little bowl of clam chowder, delicious for sure, but at the same time I'm thinking "how many cans of Campbells soup could we get for that."
Our entrees were scrumptious. Hubby got beef filet mignon, I got a chicken asado. Very nice presentation and very delicious. We were stuffed at the end of it, but got a complimentary dessert of a brownie and caramel syrup since we were celebrating.
At the end when the bill was presented, it was more than our weekly budgeted amount for food.
But sometimes you go with the flow, no matter how expensive it might be.
Hubby gave me a card this morning and wrote in it "I hope we have many more together" which was sobering. I'm 56, edging on 57, he is 61. We really don't know how many more years we will have alive.
This might be the last such celebration we celebrate together.
It was a delightful night.
No matter what the cost.
Because sometimes you go with the flow, no matter how expensive it might be.
Because you don't know if you'll have the opportunity again.
So you take it when you can and be grateful you were able to do so.