Our date turned out PERFECT!
We went to a little restaurant right on the beach. It was a quiet area with not much traffic or commercialism. There were only about 8 other people at the restaurant, so we were the ONLY ones to sit outside on the upper deck.
From where we were, we could feel the breeze from the ocean, and we could hear and see the waves crashing. As I sat there I commented that I was grateful it wasn't too cold. Abe laughed because he had been thinking how grateful he was that it wasn't too hot! We've had weather in the 90's here. :-)
Abe has always hated the heat, and I have always LOVED it. His body is just naturally hotter than the average person- Lol- speaking about his bodily heat. :-) (Although, I would have to admit he is pretty hot in the other manner of speaking as well! :-)) I have watched steam literally rise from his head during chilly evening performances with his singing group.
Abe has also always hated running, and I have always LOVED it. Running in the heat and sweating as if I'm on a Gatorade commercial is one of my favorite things to do! So.. running with my husband is one of my most favorite ways to bond.
One of our runs a couple of weeks ago was particularly special: We ran on the beach and before leaving the sand, we jumped into the water for a quick swim before putting our shoes back on to run home. It was AMAZING!
Today as we prepared for our run, I walked outside and felt excited as the heat soaked into my skin; I looked over at Abe and saw him mustering up the courage to face the heat. All of a sudden the sacrifice he was making hit me deeply, and I felt a lump well up in my throat. My sweet husband was running in the heat just to bond with me!!!
We had only run a block, and I told him I was trying not to cry because I could feel his love for me. He gave a loving laugh and said, "You just now got it?" I told him he was my hero. He questioned me: "How am I your hero?" I responded, "…because you give your all to make me happy."
What a man! He is trying so hard to make everyone happy on his short visits home that he even ran at noon in Florida's sweltering, upper 90's, heat today… with no complaints and seeking no recognition.
Today, after making me happy as can be, he quickly packed up his bags to take our 3 oldest boys on a Father/Sons Campout. Our boys were ecstatic to be going with their father on this special outing.