Tuesday, August 23, 2011

the kids dress up

it's been too long since i've slunk into a high-backed booth. in a narrow restaurant with dim lighting. too long since i've laughed with my eyes or reached across the table to gather your hands in my own. this was the summer of tomato sandwiches. of picnics under the pin oaks and long walks behind the house. it was the summer i lived in cheerleading shorts and you in your blue collar. days of sweat. of damp bangs. of sitting cross-legged in the grass pulling weeds from the shrubs. gathering the stalks into piles for the woods. it was a casual romance intoxicated by the sun.

but this weekend we will go. somewhere with a steak special that requires high heels. a place that warrants the extra dab of perfume behind my earlobe. maybe that place downtown where no one goes except executives. for drinks after work. i'll start getting ready hours early.

like prom. only this time, we can go home together. i can take down my hair and you can take off your jacket. and we'll find ourselves back where we began. slow dancing in the living room at midnight with my mascara on your cheek. and we can fall into bed. that part has changed.

and i'll look at you in the morning, the way your hair parts in that strange way when you sleep. and the comfort of it is what i'll love most of all. the rest is just dress up. but a girl does need a little of that now and again.

20 comments:

Amanda @ New Adventures said...

Love this! You are such a great writer :)

Christi said...

Fabulous.

katie [the bright life] said...

This is beautiful. I love that dressed up fancy and dressed down cozy can happen in the same evening. Perf. Xo, Katie

HazelandMare said...

Hooray for nights out on the town! Every once in a while a little fanciness goes a long way! :)

chambanachik said...

So dreamy. :)

Mo Pie, Please said...

A girl does indeed need some dress up every now and then. And slow dancing at midnight in her living room. I Love it.

Gwen Edwards said...

what a wonderful description. sounds like you are having a magical summer.

Holli said...

This made me smile and took me back to when my fiance' and I were in high school... just flirting back then and the best of friends.... now 20 years later planning a wedding.

I loved this.

amy b.s. said...

dressing up is definitely a must. even if it only on occasion.

Amber Blue Bird said...

yes dress up is an essential part of a well balanced life :)

Amylou said...

beautifully written.
It's been too long for me too.
It's so easy to fall into a lazy summer routine and forget to romance each other.
I hope I get the same chance soon too!

Abigail's Place said...

Loved reading this post such a beautiful way with words!
Who doesn't love dressing up an that extra splash of perfume.

Abigail x

Claire said...

yes i think we should all do this otherwise i'm afraid we'll forget how xx

yours truly, melissa said...

I love date nights & being married to my best friend too. You're a beautiful writer...

bird and tree said...

beautifully written! I am your newest follower!

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Erin {pughs' news} said...

Sigh. How lovely.

Off the Cuff said...

This post and the worry tree are my favorite :)

...getting ready hours early...I love that time when you feel you want to make the extra effort...spend the time to do all the extra things that make you feel beautiful for someone. I hope you will take some pictures and I'm looking forward to reading all about it!

Cara-Mia said...

Oh your words are always so beautiful. Your summer sounds like it was so perfect, but you are right: a girl does need to dress up every now and then.

charla beth said...

oh, courtney--this is just stunning. words cannot even describe the beauty and romance <3. definitely one of my favorite. posts. ever.

i hope you two had an incredible evening. :)

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