Wednesday, March 31, 2010

March 31, 1986

Today is our anniversary, not the day Paul and I were married but the anniversary of our first date.

I suppose everyone remembers their first date. I remember it better than the day we were married. It happened 14 years after the first time Paul asked me out, an invitation then that was really made in fun, to tease the 16-year-old girl that I was at the time.

The invitation this time was for real. He called early in the week for a Friday date. I was so excited and so nervous. He was 10 years older. I had never dated an older man, and I was sure he would find me silly and unsophisticated. I was 30 years old, hardly the high school girl I was back then, but I still felt like her that week. I agonized all week about what to wear.

He picked me up and took me to dinner at a restaurant he knew well. A nice steakhouse I had never been to. He saw people he knew and introduced me. I smiled and said hello.....did I look as nervous as I felt?

I remember what I wore. I remember what he wore. I remember what I ate. I remember what we talked about during dinner and the ride back to my house. I remember sitting in my living room and talking for hours as Paul told me stories that made me laugh.

Most striking in my memory is that I remember how he smelled. So wonderful, I wondered, Is that cologne or just how Paul smells? The next day while I was out shopping I smelled that same scent. My head spun around expecting to see him. It was just another man who had walked by. I guess it was cologne. Paul hasn't worn it in years but even today if I get a whiff of it somewhere, it makes me smile and remember that first date.

Six months from the day of that first date, Paul and I bought the house we still live in. Six months after that, we got married. And the story continues.

15 comments:

Michele said...

Happy anniversary.

I can't remember what day JR and I had our first date but I can tell you the I blew the paper from the straw into his eye. I'm so sophisticated.

Slamdunk said...

That is a great memory. Happy first date anniversary!

Thoughtfully blended hearts said...

Beautiful memories...isn't it strange that when we have memories like these, we're still that same sixteen year old!!!

Wanda said...

Perfect Spring Romance!

Happy First Date Anniversary!!!

~Kristen~ said...

Happy Anniversary!!!

Kevin and I both remember the date of our first date...August 1, 1997. Mostly because there is a funny story that goes along with it, but now I am thinking I need to save it for a blog post! :-) We got engaged five months later, and married October 30, 1999!

I hope things are ok for you guys down there with all the flooding and rain. I saw on the news this morning that RI got it pretty bad.

Alex the Girl said...

I can imagine that you smiled the entire time while writing this. What a wonderful memory you have of such a lovely time. Smells. Excellent.

Stereos and Souffles said...

You should buy him that cologne.
My husband still wears the one he wore when we first started dating. I like him to keep it in his rotation for when we go out on the town.

Stereos and Souffles said...

You should buy him that cologne.
My husband still wears the one he wore when we first started dating. I like him to keep it in his rotation for when we go out on the town.

Pam said...

That's the first time I've heard that story. So, what was that cologne? Can you still get it? It would make a nice Wedding Anniversary gift.

Katherine said...

What a wonderful memory. I remember my first date with Hubster, but I can't tell you what day it was. And it wasn't anything so refined as a steakhouse.

New England Girl said...

What a lovely story! :) Happy 1st date anniversary! :) :) :)

Just Breathe said...

Gee I don't think I could remember any of those things if you asked me!

Anita said...

I enjoyed this story. Our first date was on March 17, and we went to Olive Garden, Kevin was a poor student. I remember how I knew he was different.
I'm with Pam, what was the cologne?

MissKris said...

Dear Hubby and I have always celebrated the day we met more than our actual anniversary. If we hadn't met, we wouldn't HAVE an anniversary, would we?! I, too, remember it better than my marriage day, too. Congratulations!

criticalcrass said...

memory's a grand thing. thanks for sharing.

 

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