Mocha with Linda has started a new meme called Flashback Friday. This is week 2. Click here if you'd like to go visit Linda and read more Flashback Friday posts and/or join in on this new fun meme.
Today's prompt says: "While not all of the Flashback Fridays will be "firsts," this week's topic falls into that category. Turn back through the pages of your life to your memories of dating and tell us. . .
When was your first date? You can choose either your first date ever or your first date with your spouse - or both! How old were you? What did you do/where did you go? Did anything memorable - either good or embarrassing? If it was your first date ever, did you continue to date that person? If so, how long? If you are sharing the story of the first date with the person you married, did you know he/she was "the one" or did it take a longer for love to bloom? Any other memories you wish to share about those wonderfully awkward first dates?!"Our (Tracy's and mine's) first official date was in 1988. We actually had gone out with his mom and dad and brother & sister-in-law to the Festival of Lights at the Cincinnati Zoo, but we've never called that our first date. Anyway, Tracy was the minister of music and choir director of our church and when I started going to that church I joined the choir. I sang in the choir for almost a year before he ever talked to me. Anyway, we went to the zoo around Christmas with his family and then in January 1988 we had our first date. My sister and I lived in an apartment together with another friend. Anyway, we got a friend of Tracy's who also sang in the choir to invite Tracy to come to our apartment to have dinner and that I would make lasagna for everyone. Now mind you I was 30 years old and I didn't have the nerve to ask him over. What's that say about me and at that time, Tracy was a very quiet and shy kinda guy. I'm not sure how he ended up in the ministry, except he was just obedient to God.
Anyway, that night the 3 of us girls who lived together were there and then Tracy came and so did the friend that asked him for us, along with his wife and their 2 kids. Everyone was so nervous, except for Tracy (or he just hid it really well). I mean, the guy who asked him was so nervous that he ended up putting his kid's shoes on the wrong feet. It was hysterical. We've laughed about that night so many times since then, but evidently he liked my lasagna and maybe me too because a year later we married and we've been married 21 years now.