To my son Tommy,
If you want to go out on a date night with your wife, calling and talking about it is one thing. Securing child care and making a reservation brings it from the nebulous state of an idea or a wish or want, and morphs it into an actionable plan that has a higher probability of coming true. Because when you are married with child, it is too easy to crap out on a date night if there is nothing set to increase your commitment level!
A plan is great and much needed when you are a forty one year old husband and dad. However, there is such a thing as planning too much. When you are seven, you may not want to make future reservations and promises and commitments too far ahead. Unless of course you are you, as proven by the text message I received from your mom.
Sincerely with love from your dad,