"You need to wear your khakis and a button down on Saturday"
Those were my first instructions for my Birthday date. There was no explanation, simply direction. Wear the khakis. I tried to pry it out of her, tried to get clues and hints, but all I found out was that it wasn't in Georgia. Oh yeah, and it was a family date.
I had theories about where we were going, some close to the mark and others out in left field. As we headed up 75, each and every theory fell apart. Movies? No. Something at a museum? No. Reliving some of our old dates in Rome? No. We ended up doing something completely new.
By the time that we pulled into the long drive of Berry College, I was finished guessing. I had come up with nothing. It was Jenn, Jack and myself all dressed up driving around campus. Soon we were at Mountain Campus and laying out a blanket in the large field at the foot of Frost Chapel. I looked over and saw a friend that I hadn’t seen in 7 years, January, a former youth minister turned photographer was working with some clients. I played with Jack, who is already a great lover of the outdoors, even at three months. Moments later another friend, Leigh, who is a youth minister turned photographer (who knew it would be such a popular vocation switch?) and her daughter.
Many photos were taken… the most scandalous one (still pretty innocent) is going to be sent to my grandparents (maybe). I’d mentioned to Jenn a few times that I’d like to get some photos done of our whole family together. I was thinking Sears or Glamour Shots, Jenn was thinking about something so much better. Suddenly my birthday gift for her looks like it needs a bit of work.
After the photo shoot we grabbed dinner at Harvest Moon in downtown Rome with Leigh and January. The food is excellent and the desserts are even better. We talked about how much we missed Rome and would like to move back. Personally I would be happy packing up some boxes and taking the next available house. Jenn has some un-finished business in the city, and so I’ll bide my time, finishing school and getting ready to move into what I hope is the last house we will ever move into.