John and I are having a fabulous week. We were away at Family Camp last week. This week, our boys are still at Camp and we are home alone. Yesterday, after we got home from work, we had a wonderful dinner on our porch – chicken breasts stuffed with asparagus and a delicious new recipe for swiss chard from our veggie share. After dinner, John suggested that we go to the park for a walk. The dogs were begging to go for a walk, so I grudgingly agreed. As we were walking around the pond at Seneca Park, we saw this YCIL (Young Couple In Love) sitting on a blanket and talking. They looked so happy and focused on each other. As we finished our walk, I said to John that I wished we had a blanket and could sit out in nature and talk. John opened the trunk of the car and pulled out a blanket. Hooray! We walked to a grassy spot and spread out our blanket and sat down. The dogs were impossible. Bijou kept eating grass. Bibi and Zuzu had to run as far as their leashes would allow, first in one direction and then in the opposite direction. They got their leashes all tangled up. I reached over to try and untangle them and poked John right in the eye. We tried to calm the dogs down, but they were very restless. I could tell that John was all tense and not having a good time. Finally, I suggested that we leave. John asked me if I had enjoyed being “in nature.” I just had to laugh. I really appreciate his desire to make my wish come true. Somehow, though, the reality didn’t quite match the picture in my mind. The important thing is not that it didn’t turn out perfectly. The important thing is that John made the effort to show me how much he loves me. That really meant so much and I felt so happy.