#AtoZChallenge: ‘W’ is for Why I Never Wanna Go On A First Date Again

Like yesterday’s post, today’s Blast to the Past post takes place when I was in college — back to my first date with my husband.

I’ve mentioned before that I met my husband online. This was back in 2004, before online dating was really a thing like it is now. Those were the days of “Anyone looking to date online is a serial killer,” and based on one of the guys I met who had a white van that he wanted me to check out, I’d say that belief wasn’t completely unwarranted.

It took a while for us to get together. I was 19 and he was 25 when we first started talking, and we were both kind of put off by the age difference. In the eyes of a 19-year-old, he was old. (What I wouldn’t give to be old in that way again.) In the eyes of a guy in his mid twenties, I was really young. Regardless, after several months of chatting, we eventually went out (after I turned 20). There were a lot of missed signals on my part, but we finally made plans for that first date.

That date didn’t get off to the best start, since my husband briefly thought that I was catfishing him.

That’s my grandma. I was still getting ready (because putting on a college sweatshirt and jeans takes time), so she answered the door. He was slightly horrified at first, thinking that she was his date (even though he knew I lived with her, his mind still went there). She told me that she knew he thought she was his date, which she thought was hilarious, so she didn’t tell him otherwise and asked how he was doing. I popped around the corner shortly thereafter and he realized he wasn’t going on a date with a woman in her 70s.

The ride to the movie theater was pretty quiet. Despite chatting online during every free minute for months, we suddenly ran out of things to say. We finally got to the movie theater and purchased our tickets. This is what we saw:

Yes, for our first date ever, we chose to go see a movie about Jesus getting beaten and crucified. I don’t know what the heck we were thinking at the time. For crying out loud, I had already seen it and knew how hard it was to watch, and I still went along with it.

That horrified face is not what you want to see on the first date. I was able to keep a straight face and not be obviously bothered by it since I knew what to expect, but not so much with my husband.

Yeah, that happened. He told me some time later that he thought about trying to hold my hand, but then thought maybe that wasn’t the best movie for that. It’s a good thing, because that would have made an already uncomfortable date even more so.

Bonus dating awkwardness:

For whatever reason, I got it in my head that we weren’t dating so much as hanging out as friends. When he eventually tried to kiss me, this happened:

Zoom in and check out those awesome lips.

Yep, I totally turned my head. Oh, the embarrassment. My grandmother thought it was the funniest thing ever, though. And she thought it was doubly funny when it happened again after the next date. Luckily, after those first few awkward weeks, we were able to get our shit together, and the rest is history.

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Author: Erika

I’m a SAHM to two kids. When I’m not doing all the typical mom things (diapers, soccer, etc.), I like writing, reading, and playing games. Clearly I live the life of a rock star.

31 thoughts on “#AtoZChallenge: ‘W’ is for Why I Never Wanna Go On A First Date Again”

  1. What is it with serial killers and white vans. And by the way, were there no other movies showing in your town? What the heck? Why didn’t you guys go watch a Fellini film or a Bergman film if you wanted to create a really awkward movie watching situation?

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    1. We went to the town over for this! I think it was more of a “we both wanted to see this, so we HAVE to see it to make an excuse for this date to happen” because we were both being so awkward about it. Crazy young brains!

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  2. DW and I met online, too. She flew down to meet me and stay with me for 2 weeks! The only awkward moment we had was when she saw my holey underwear (not the ones I was wearing). Glad he still decided you were the one!

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  3. I met hubs on facebook… He saw me in a friends picture– a friend he was planning to ask out mind you, and asked me out instead. We found out I lived literally a block away from his most recent ex… 😐

    But I think my all time worst date ever was before I met hubs. I went out with this guy & at the end of dinner before he took me home… He asked me to spot him gas money because he wasn’t sure he would make it 🤦‍♀️ and he had the nerve to ask me for a 2nd date. I agreed & told him I’d meet him there… I only went to collect my gas money back and then left.

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  4. Oh what a mistake for a first-date movie. I think your story proves that if true love is meant to be, it’ll happen. Still, the movie… the missed kiss… the grandma… it’s a miracle you kids got together.

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  5. I’d read a non-doodle version of this story, but this still made me LOL! Passion of the Christ. Super choice for romance with stranger man. LOL
    Did your grandma really look like Mama on Mama’s Family? Are you too young to know that show?

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  6. Your grandma sounds awesome.
    On our first official date, my now-husband put water on my chair and then laughed at me when I sat in it. He also took me to that very classy Mexican joint, Taco Bell. He made up for it by watching Pride & Prejudice with me.

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