This Friday, January 20 marks the 10 year anniversary of our first date. TEN YEARS! That’s a big one! Our first date seems so long ago, life was so different then, but it also seems crazy that it has already been ten years. Here is a little background on how Alex and I met, and how our story began…
Alex and I were both swimmers at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri. We met about a year and a half before we went on our first date. It wasn’t until about a year after being on the team together that we started to become closer friends and talk often. After a few weeks of spending time together, Alex asked me out to dinner and a movie.
Kirksville is a small town and doesn’t have much to offer as far as restaurants go, so the most common date place was Ruby Tuesday’s. It was the newest restaurant in town, and ALL the rage! So, of course we went there. I even remembered what I ordered… mini cheese burgers,, the salad bar, and a lemonade, because that’s what I got every time we went there. We had a great time talking at dinner, and laughing over our waitress continuously bringing me a brand new lemonade after only drinking a few sips from the one I had. So then I felt like I needed to drink it fast, and left dinner uncomfortably full of liquid.
Another thing I remember from the dinner was Alex telling me the story of an surgery he had on his ear when he was little. We are talking graphic detail of the surgery, the bandages around his head, and the recovery. I remember thinking that he must feel very comfortable with me to be sharing all of this because it wasn’t what you think of as a typical first date conversation topic. We joke about that sometimes now.
After dinner we went to see the movie Freedom Writers. We both enjoyed it, but probably enjoyed holding hands during the movie more! Later that night we met up with friends and hung out with them for the rest of the night. The nice thing about being on the swim team together is we were friends with all of the same people, so there was not awkward ‘meet the friends’ thing we had to go through.
And as they say, ‘The rest is history.” Over the next two years we were at Truman we pretty much spent all of our time together, and enjoyed many more Ruby Tuesday’s dates. Each year on our dating anniversary we like to celebrate by making a special dinner that is a little fancier than normal, or something we have never tried to make before. It is a fun and different way for us to celebrate that special date! On Friday I will be posting my favorite pictures over the last ten years. I can’t wait to look through all the old pictures, we look like babies! Here is a sneak peek!