This past Friday night, it was Maren and Brad's turn for a date while someone else watched the group of kids. Brad did something extra special. The whole week, he told Maren what a great date they were going to have, but wouldn't give her any specific clues. Maren thought maybe she had figured it out when she saw a news segment about ice skating downtown. "That would be a fun date," she thought.
The night came and Brad was in a rush to leave the house. He told Maren she could wear something nice or jeans. He didn't mention anything about gloves or a jacket, so Maren figured ice skating was out of the question. But, when they got in the car, they headed straight downtown, even to the same parking garage that was used for the ice rink. Maren thought, "I am going to be a little disappointed if we're going skating, and I didn't dress appropriately. My hands are going to FREEZE!" They parked and headed to the event...to the theater! Maren searched for a banner advertising the performance, but nothing was visible. Finally, in the will call line, she saw a little girl holding her nutcracker doll. Aha! They grabbed their tickets and bolted to their seats on row J and smack in the middle. Perfect seats!
At some point during the performance, Brad made a confession. "I didn't know they didn't talk during this...I thought it was a play!" Poor Brad! He and Maren still watched the bayou version of the ballet. After Brad commented that the performance seemed to lack much of a plot, Maren explained that the original nutcracker has a more obvious storyline. On the way home, Brad gently mentioned that he didn't think he'd want to do this every year! Maybe the snow king's tights were just a little too tight!