1. Dinner Date: Pick up takeout on a busy weeknight while the kids are either at an activity or at home doing homework.
2. Shopping Date: Take the kids to the mall and then browse stores while waiting for them. Warning: this could turn into an Expensive Date if the couple decides to buy new and unneeded large-ticket items ... or an Ugly Date is the couple disagrees over the purchase.
3. Environmental Date: Take old leaves, grass clippings, retired Christmas trees and large recyclables to the Transfer Station and unload them there.
4. Travel Date: Give your partner a ride to the airport, train station or Metro station or, better yet, extend the date by continuing on the trip or commute with him or her.
5. Serious Date: Go to the UPS Store to notarize official documents (like wills) requiring both of your signatures.
6. Show or Movie Date: Leave the kids at home and see a show at Olney Theatre Center or a movie. The last time we tried this though, we ended up too tired for the late show of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The Force awoke but we turned around to go home and sleep.
So I urge all Olney couples to extend Valentine's Day romance throughout the year by seeking "date" opportunities in everyday life.