A wedding anniversary is ‘kind of’ a big deal. It isn’t necessarily a time for elaborate gifts or extravagant celebrations, but it deserves a pause from this hectic thing called life to take a trip down memory lane.
Things have been a little hectic for me lately, I have a lot of irons in the fire and have a been juggling a lot of responsibilities, so it was welcome relief and appreciation when I received a simple e-mail from Dear Hubby that invited me for a “date” on Saturday night to celebrate our Anniversary. I usually take the lead on planning for these sorts of things, but I think this year he sensed that my resources were low, so he took charge.
I did not know what he had planned but he told me I could dress casually, so I did. Of course, I did have some tiny concerns about whether I was dressed appropriately because it’s a bummer to show up at the prom dressed in your picnic clothes, but I decided to trust him and just went with it. As it turns out, he was correct.
He took me to Cusanelli’s,, which is a restaurant in the area near where we grew up and began dating. In fact, we had some of our very first dates here stopping in after a movie.
Tonight I had the cannelloni with 1/2 red and 1/2 white sauce and Curt had some kind of a steak. The food was not fancy but tasted good. The crowd gathered there was casual and it was clear that this place is still popular with the locals. They have great pizza, and although we were stuffed like a Christmas turkey when we left, we could smell the pizza as we walked to our car and we both agreed that it smelled delicious, even though we were far from hungry.
I did not realize this place had such a rich heritage when we were younger and dropping in on a date. Cusanelli’s has been in business for 55 years, but prior to the birth of this Italian/American eatery, the structure itself was an Inn that dates back to the Spanish occupation west of the Mississippi. Much later, in 1939, it was determined by a survey done during road construction to be exactly 8 miles from the courthouse at Market & Broadway, so the name 8-mile house still sticks even today. Read more about this establishment’s fascinating history on their website. There were a number of famous people who visited, including one individual who still has an outstanding bar tab. They also have a facebook page.
The structure’s history is all cool, but our self-absorbed memory of this place has more to do with two teenagers with stars in their eyes who eventually fell in love and raised a family. Now that’s a historical memory that has some real value.