Saturday, October 21, 2006

6 Years Ago...

Today is the 6-year anniversary of my first date with Jeremiah. It was by far the most memorable first date I have ever had. One thing that I remember about the date is how incredibly nervous I was! This was odd for me because I had never been this nervous. Not even on my first date ever. I remember I bought all new clothes and even a ribbon for my hair. I took my toothbrush and toothpaste in my coat pocket and gum in my purse and used them directly after dinner. I even took along a "Thank You" card that I intended to fill out at some point in the evening and leave sitting on the car seat for him to find later. Yes, I felt prepared from all angles.

On that date I had three distinct impressions that this was the man I was going to marry, and the first one came within the first 5 minutes after he picked me up! He told me that he had a hat from a former job as a baker that read "Best Buns In Town" and how he was going to give it to his wife someday. My immediate thought was, "I'm going to have that hat."

Later, while we were bowling I said something about how he bowled like Fred Flintstone, with the twinkle toes and everything. When it was my turn to bowl he encouraged, "Go, Wilma!" and I thought, "I am going to marry him!"

And lastly, as the evening wore on we were all trying to figure out where else we could go. We joked about going to a bar but it would be hard to get me in since I was underage. I was wearing a ring on my left hand and Jeremiah's brother - we were on a double date - said Jeremiah could wear his ring and no one would think twice about me. I pointed out that my ring was a sapphire ring and Jeremiah said, "Just tell them I was cheap! We'll win the perfect honeymoon." (He was referring to a contest that a local jewelry store was holding where you could win a honeymoon to make up for a lousy marriage proposal.) And I remember thinking, "We'll already have the perfect honeymoon."

6 months and 6 days later, we were married. I can honestly say that I knew from our first date that we would be married. I think it was pretty obvious to everyone - although maybe not so quickly. We just clicked. I don't think we rushed it either. We knew enough about each other's beliefs, goals and feelings to know that we would make it - everything else is in the details.

6 comments:

scribbit said...

A thank you card, you're so thoughtful! What a sweet idea.

Thoroughly Mormon Millie said...

That is really beautiful. Wow. No wonder you remember exactly what day it was.

Don't you love it when HF prepares you for the big things like that? He's so sweet and loving.

Katie said...

You guys really are perfect for each other. I'd be interested to know what J thought about that first date.

Kik said...

Gwen, you should post a picture of you in your "Best Buns in Town" hat with this entry!

Cute story! I love how prepared you were... a ribbon for your hair AND a thank you note...you really can't beat that.

Fold My Laundry Please said...

I knew on my first date with my husband that I was goind to marry him. We went to dinner at a Chinese buffet and then to the movies. During the movie we started holding hands and suddenly it was as if the screen blacked out. All I could see was a picture in my mind of him and I as old people still holding hands. It really took me by surprise because at that point I thought I DID NOT want to get married. That was August 5th, 2000 and we were engaged on February 14th and married April 20th, 2001!

Aunt Cheryl said...

What a great reminiscent story - thank you for sharing. The first date I had with my children's dad was to the Del Mar Fairgrounds and I couldn't believe that the high school jock (that everyone thought was so hot) showed up wearing military boots to take me out on the first date and to meet my parents. My dad thought he was great (cause he was a Marine for 20 years), I on the otherhand could have died. Love - Aunt Cheryl