On Saturday night, John and I had the opportunity to get away for some much needed time together. It was our belated Valentine date. We'd both had a busy and disappointing week and the chance to get away for a date was incredibly timely.
Two or three years ago, John happened upon a book called Plainsong by Kent Haruf. He read it on a vacation trip to Estes Park, and loved it. He encouraged me to read it as well...and about this time last year I did. It is not a cheery story, and each of the characters is flawed, but I found it to be a beautiful story of love and loss with redemption found in some unlikely places.
So last fall, when we started seeing advertisements in the Denver Post for the stage production, we knew we wanted to try to go. Our tickets were a surprise gift from a friend of ours who who knew John loved the book and wanted to bless us.
We drove to Denver on Saturday night, navigated our way to the Stage Theatre, and were captivated for three hours by the beauty of the story that played out before us. We laughed and cried and stood clapping at the end. It was stunning!
It was such different evening for us. Usually a date for us consists of dinner and a movie or a trip to to our favorite downtown bookstore. It was great to break out of the mold and do something different and cultural and stimulating and sentimental to both of us. It was a beautiful night and after the heaviness of last week, it was a beautiful gift!
**Mr. DP, thank you so much for your kind offering...it was very generous, and much appreciated.