My grandma came over for dinner last night (my grandpa, as expected, stayed home) and we had a totally awkward but still fairly awesome conversation. Before I tell you what we said, I think you need some background, here: my grandparents are pretty open about sex. As in, my Grandma gives my Grandpa a Playboy Calender for his shop every Christmas, and the whole family passes it around and makes comments.** Consider yourself warned.
So, as my Grandma was leaving I reminded her that I have Fridays off (I work four ten-hour days) so I could come see her some Friday soon. My grandma responded strongly, "Friday morning." Confused, I said, "Oh, yea, right! Okay."
Grandma: "Friday is 'Date Night.' "
Me (smiling awkwardly but pretending that this is totally normal): "Well I won't come over Friday then!"
Grandma: "Yea, we discourage it."
Me: "What, discourage people from coming over?"
Me (too loud): "Cool..."
Grandma (sensing that I am totally weirded out by this conversation): "Well, doesn't it at least give you hope that we still have..."
Me (desperately trying to figure out how to end that sentence): "...DATE NIGHT?"
Grandma: "Well, actually it is more like Date Afternoon...but yes."
Me (too boisterously, to hid my embarrassment, but also honestly): "Heck Yea!"
So there you have it. My grandparents (my grandpa is in his mid-80s, people) have sexy-time "Date Afternoon" every Friday and my Grandma ain't afraid to tell you about it. And as awkward as that conversation made me feel, I think that is totally fucking awesome.
There is a lot about my grandparent's*** marriage that I find problematic and would not want to replicate. I have even found myself wondering if my Grandma was happy in her marriage. Yesterday's conversation just goes to show you that we never know what is happening in other people's relationships (and should probably keep our opinions to ourselves).
I might not want to have a marriage like my grandparent's marriage, but Date Afternoon when I'm in my mid-80s? I definitely hope that is us someday.
*Not my mom's parents. My dad's parents.
**I never said my family was classy. Hopefully you have found out through my excessive use of the F-word that we are not a classy people.
***Where the F does the apostrophe go here? Granparent's? Grandparents'? Where is my damn grammar book?