- When we were discussing where to go on our first date, we decided that we didn’t want to go to a movie because we wanted to be able to talk and get to know each other. So we ended up going bowling (he won).
- Some things I remember from that first day/date the early days of our relationship:
- When were talking that afternoon, I told him that I had two children and if he didn’t like kids, there was no point in going on even one date. Luckily, he liked kids and he was the best thing that ever could have happened to Serenity, Josh, and I. (Plus without him, there’d be no Natasha! 😊)
- He introduced me to his friend Gaye that night, she worked at the Hungry Bowler where we ate supper. He and Gaye are both in heaven now.
- We were opposites in a lot of ways (he liked heavy metal and rock & roll and I liked sappy love songs), but we always found each other easy to talk to.
- One thing that I really remember from back then was how Tom looked at me. I don’t think he ever stopped looking at me that way and I am so thankful for that.
- Tom bought me a necklace for Christmas that year and I still have that necklace.
- Our second date was at his apartment watching the show “Quantum Leap” together. I had an allergic reaction to his cats and went home that night covered in hives and with swollen eyes lol.
- Since I had two very young children (Serenity was 3 and Josh was 2) who rarely spent time with their biological father, most of our dating was done all of us together. I think that made us value the time we got alone even more. We could turn a Saturday morning going to garage sales or the flea market or a Friday evening trip to Wal-Mart into a date.
On this day in 1991, Tom and I went on our first date. If you don’t already know the story of how we met, I was a manager at Wendy’s in Enid (back when it was where the Garriott Urgent Care is now). Tom came in almost every day for lunch and ordered a double cheeseburger. Our nickname for him was “Double Cheese”. I actually asked him out (still can’t believe I did that!).
My passion is to share the importance of playing, and not just as a child, but as an adult also. It is so important to take the time to play and be active. Our children are losing that.