As I have already confessed, my definition of “date” is a pretty generous one. Shopping at Target counts. But before I moved to this big little town, I would never have included a trip to Runnings in that definition.
Full disclosure: before I moved to Litchfield, I had never heard of Runnings. If you are in the same boat, it’s a Farm and Fleet store where you can buy everything from dog food to lawn mowers to mulch to John Deere onesies (I am always tempted by these, but even I will not pay twenty dollars for a onesie).
Last summer, we got a Runnings store right in our town, and I was excited. Not because I have a great personal desire to shop at Runnings–I am not a farmer, or a builder, or even a pet owner–but because we were getting a big new store, and any big new store has the potential to be exciting.
So when Mike and I found ourselves with some time to kill between supper at the late, great Carlito’s Mexican restaurant and the Litchfield Community Theater production of Footloose: the Musical, I found myself uttering words I had never uttered before: “Let’s go check out Runnings!”
Since Mike actually has a use for many of the products they sell at Runnings (The guy can build things! With his hands!), he readily agreed. Off to Runnings we went, where I soon lost Mike in the Nuts and Bolts Aisle or some such place and amused myself with the John Deere baby clothes, John Deere farm toys, old-fashioned candy, and Golden Books. It was a magical Litchfield evening.
What is the most surprising / silly / strange place you’ve gone on a date?