This unexpected tradition began years ago – in fact, I have a distinct memory of this pastime taking shape nearly 16 years ago. “Let’s go grab a taco dinner,” my husband would say to me. What started as an excuse not to cook dinner became an easy place to meet friends after work, and soon turned into a tradition where we gathered to share our day. We would sit across the table from each other chatting about work over a basket of chips, salsa and guacamole dip.
Soon, this new-found love for Mexican food became a staple in our week. It turned into more than diving into the delicious queso dip we had to order every time we sat down. It became a time when we could sit across the table from each other and leave the day behind. We found ourselves lingering long before ever ordering dinner, sometimes taking a good hour to even place that request for fajitas or quesadillas, solving all the world’s problems over a basket of chips.
Over the years, we met waiters and waitresses, made friends with those working in the under-appreciated service industry, and even spent holidays with a few of them. We learned about other cultures and got to know families we would never have had the opportunity to meet otherwise.
So, on those days when my husband poses that infamous question, “Want to go get tacos,” it means much more to us than a chance to grab a fast bite to eat. For us, we get to see friends that have now become like family, we can share our day with each other while salsa music plays in the background. And, for a few minutes, we can forget about the responsibilities of life as we engage fully with one another again.
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Meet Florida born-and-raised Dana Reeves: Wife, dog mom, certified personal trainer and lover of all things reading and writing. What began as a hobby in writing short stories while in school soon turned into a full-fledged passion for all things writing as an adult. She loves to create fiction, poetry and fitness-related articles. When Dana isn’t writing, she loves running, traveling with her husband and family, exploring the world via cruise ship, and, as always, searching the universe over for more exciting writing material.
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