Myself and my wife got married on the 26th of September 2013.
Fast forward 5 years to the day and at 19:35 my wife delivered our second child.
Naturally, given the preoccupation of the day that was in it, we didn't actually officially celebrate our anniversary. My wife had suffered with hyperemesis the whole way through the pregnancy so apart from the usual pregnancy no-go foods, she'd been able to eat feck all for the about 8 of the last 9 months; so the plan was to try and bring her a romantic, belated anniversary, congrats-you-can-finally-eat-again-here's-what-you've-been-missing dinner in her ward in Mullingar hospital.
Now it was a pretty last minute plan, and visiting hours are pretty tight, and I still had No.1 at home to look after for the afternoon so I left the house in a hurry and without much research done into the available options.
So I wandered about the town for a while looking for some form of takeaway that would more closely resemble a nice romantic dinner than a chinese, indian etc... and figured I'd chance my arm with JP's. At the time I didn't know they actually had a takeaway menu and the plan had simply been to ask them to box something up for me - happily they do have a takeaway menu and it's non too shabby either.
I managed to get a starter, mains, and desserts to bring with me for more than reasonable money, and whilst I'd remembered to bring some wine and wine glasses with me, I'd forgotten to bring cutlery.
JP's don't have take away cutlery.
However rather than leave me in a lurch under the circumstances, they actually gave me some of their 'dishwasher stained' restaurant cutlery to take with me instead under no promise of return whatsoever! They were happy for me to have it as they 'weren't going to use it anyway'! (Now if there's staining on this cutlery, I can't find it - and I am fully intent on dropping it back)
So off I tod, with my restaurant grade, three course, take-away meal with wine and proper cutlery into my wife on the ward - and the stars fairly aligned for us because it just happened that a few hours before I came in, the other ladies who'd been in the ward with her were each discharged, so we had the whole room to ourselves to enjoy what turned out to be probably one of the most romantic meals we've ever had.
The food was unbelievably good. We shared a prawn starter. She had a medium rare steak main, and a great big slice of cheese cake dessert, all accompanied by a smashing red wine, all in our own 'private' ward, with our 24 hour old baby boy dozing away beside us, ...and real cutlery to boot.
She loved it, I loved it, and I couldn't be more grateful to JP's for making it happen!
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