The stress of daily life can get you down, so we've learned to steal away any chance that we can to be silly or romantic.
Take the other night for instance. My parents watched the kids, so we could go on a date. After dinner and a movie, we did what any other wild married couple would do...we went to the grocery store.
Instead of chasing the kids around and putting things back on shelves, the shopping experience was one of peace and harmony. Reading labels and deciding which item to buy was actually part of a thought process, rather than a knee jerk reaction in the survival of the fittest.
Going through the checkout aisle brought the same reprieve. Adam and I were able to stand in line while birds sang and no little hands grabbed for candy bars or trinkets on the shelves.
One thing got in the way of the tranquility though...we were stuck behind...the "coupon lady". It would've taken a lot to burst our harmonious bubble of solace, but I'll be darned if she didn't do it. Digging through her purse and arguing with the cashier, she fussed and fought her way until a line of impatient people grew behind us. We were two behind her when I told Adam that I'd move a few lanes down to hold another spot in case she inevitably demanded assistance from a manager.
Moving three or four aisles away, I found a lane that had only one woman in front of me. Standing behind her, I looked down the way to see Adam, growing more and more frustrated. Rolling his eyes, I couldn't help but smile.
Adam shook his head and smiled back, realizing that no matter how obnoxious the 'coupon lady' was, at least we weren't chasing the kids down.
As we waited, I giggled when he raised his eyebrows and winked, pretending to flirt like we were strangers. I winked back and nodded, and he put his hand up, pretending to call. It was funny to tease since we rarely get the chance to focus on each other.
Suddenly, out of nowhere, Adam's eyes grew huge as he began to shake his head saying, "No, no, no!"
Having no idea what was happening, I turned to look behind me. Seeing nothing in particular, I came back around to question Adam. He was still shaking his head and was now pointing at me. He was repeating, "Her, her, her..." as he pointed in my direction.
Realizing that a woman between us must have misinterpreted his gestures as being directed towards her, I covered my mouth and grinned. It wasn't until a man from the aisle in front of me turned around to find me, that I realized HE was the one who thought Adam was making a pass. The man's expression was stunned with complete horror. When he located me, it was as though relief covered him and he said, "Oh thank God. I thought he was saying all that to me and I didn't know what to do!"
Falling over, I laughed until I could apologize. Raising his hands, he shook his head, "No, no," he said, "It's okay. Not that there's anything wrong with that!"
I laughed even harder as Adam died of embarrassment. He's since sworn off flirting in public with strangers around.
Yes, he's the cutest thing I've ever seen and he still makes my heart skip a beat to this day. Sometimes I'll admit it's from laughter, but it skips a beat all the same.
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