Everyone has boundaries. Things they will do or won’t do. Books have been written about it. Sermons preached about it. I am announcing that one of my boundaries has changed. Tonight, I am removing a boundary that I’ve always had in my relationship with Jeff. It took lots of discussion, begging and pleading to get me to this point.
Yes, ladies and gentlemen, tonight Jeff and I are going to dinner at Red Lobster.
I’ve had this rule since early in our relationship. Jeff doesn’t like seafood. At all. Not even the covered in breading, friend and smothered in butter, served with a side of pasta kind of seafood. Just doesn’t care for it. I learned this early on and it became a little joke for us. Often, we’d have conversations like:
Jeff: “Where do you want to go for dinner?”
Jayme: “I’ll go anywhere but Red Lobster.”
Jeff: “You know I’ll go anywhere you want to go.”
Jayme: “Yes, I know that. And you know that I’ll go anywhere but Red Lobster.”
It just became my thing, ya know? This thing that said I wouldn’t ever consider. Red Lobster. I love the place. The garlic cheese biscuits, the shrimp made several different ways, the cage with lobsters, the whole experience.
And then. Then we got a coupon in the mail for $10 off at Red Lobster for using our Discover card. And I made a mistake. A fatal mistake. The conversation went like this:
Jayme: (laughing) “Hey…we got a gift certificate in the mail for Red Lobster.”
Jeff: “Really? My mom loves that place.”
Jayme: (laughing. teasing. joking) “I think the only condition under which I’d actually let you take me to Red Lobster is if we used this coupon and took your parents with us.”
Jeff: “I’ll call them.”
And he did. So tonight, Jeff’s parents are driving in from Columbus to go with us to Red Lobster. The place I said I’d never go to with Jeff. And then we’re going to the movies.
Aww….the power our words have.