Thursday, July 14, 2016

Surprising Relationship Builder

Derick and I have only been married for just over 9 months. We are definitely still learning how to do this whole marriage thing.

We do a lot to try to build our relationship. Date nights is a huge one for us. Especially because we still live with my parents.

Last week we went to dinner and a movie, typical but always fun. We went to see The Jungle Book. (LOVED it, if you haven't seen it yet, GO!) We got so much more out of that date than I could have ever expected.

Derick and I grew up in VERY different worlds. I grew up in an upper middle class family in America, he grew up in a neighborhood that didn't even have paved roads until just a few years ago in the Caribbean. There definitely is not a lot we have to relate to each other when it comes to our childhoods.

But, while watching this movie, it was like we were both 6 watching the original cartoon. We were singing along to the songs, predicting what scene was going to come up next, and laughing at the added lines Baloo said. We connected in a way he had never connected before.

Marriage isn't easy, it is a lot of work. You have to actively put in the time to make sure you are both growing together. That is why I loved this experience, it was by accident. We went out to just spend time as a couple and be together. A movie isn't always the best way to enhance a relationship, but we both love movies. However, this movie did bring us closer together in a way I will be forever grateful. I got to a bit of child-Derick, which isn't always the easiest to see now that we are so far from the world he grew up in.

We will DEFINITELY be going to see The Legend of Tarzan.