Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Time Travel Tuesday ~ First Date Edition



Today Annie is asking us to recall our first date...I can't. Oh, I'm sure I know who it was with and I could guess about what we did, but I don't have the creative juices available this morning to make it sound interesting.

So, instead I'm going to tell you about my first date with my husband.

Let's see, the date was November 3, 1989 and the event was a hockey game between Western Michigan University and Michigan State University.
Earlier that week, a rather large group of us from my dorm had decided to go to the game together, and I was in charge of getting tickets. Being an inexperienced freshman, I had no idea games against MSU drew such a large crowd and that I should get to the ticket office extra early. When I arrived I was surprised to see tons of people there already, and we ended up with Standing Room Only tickets. Not to worry - that worked out to my advantage!
On the night of the game, the entire group of us gathered together in the lobby and I handed out the tickets before we all walked over to Lawson Arena. Somehow, on the way over to the arena the group scattered and only Brian and I were together. Pity.
We found a space to stand along the railing and watched the game from the top of the arena. Between periods Brian and I turned around and leaned against the railing, and almost every time, the sides of our hands touched each other. Ahhh....

After the game, Brian and I went back to his room. He had a nerf basketball hoop hanging on his wall and we shot baskets for awhile. Sometimes when we handed the ball off to each other, our hands touched again. *grin* Though this sounds like a junior high episode, I assure you we were both 18 at the time! As we played ball, besides being enamored by his presence, I had one thought running through my head. This guy couldn't make a basket to save his life!
When I'm sure Brian had no hope of beating me in our friendly little game, we moved on to something else. We sat and talked for hours. We took turns asking questions, and then each of us would answer them. It was a fun time of getting to know each other better.
Finally, when it was probably two or three o'clock in the morning, Brian picked up the ball and asked, "What will you give me if I make this basket?" Based upon previous experience I was sure he'd miss it, so I just smiled and said, "A prize."
With that, he tossed the ball and there it went - through the hoop. Perfectly.
I was stunned. What do I do now?
Brian just smiled and asked for his prize.
I said, "Uh, what do you want?"
"How about eight hours of sleep?" (He had to work at the reception desk at eight o'clock that morning...So that option was out.)
"Or tickets to tomorrow night's hockey game." (I had told him how excited I was that my dad was taking me home Saturday so we could go to the hockey game at MSU Saturday night. That option was also out.)
"Or...a kiss." (That option was definitely not out. But I was so shy! What should I do? Well, what would you do?)
So I leaned forward and kissed him! And the rest, as they say, is history!

For more first date stories, visit Annie and the rest of today's Time Travelers!


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20 comments:

Leni said...

How funny! Our first date was Nov. 10, 1989!

Suckering you with basketball...that was a plan and a half! Points for creativity, lol!

mcewen said...

Golly! I'll have to think! I don't think I can even remember back that far.
Best wishes

Carrie! :o) said...

Awwww, that's just too, too cute! Such good memories!!

annie said...

How funny! You liked him from the start. I really enjoyed reading about your first date with your hub.

KC said...

Oh I love this.. how funny, he played you with missing all those shots.. What a sweet and fun 1st date story.. It has been fun time traveling with you, thanks for taking us along for the ride.

Tori :) said...

He totally hustled you. He missed a lot on purpose so you would think you were safe in promising a prize. :)

CoachJ said...

What a neat story! How come he didn't just ask for the kiss in the first place? You know you wanted to give him one, and he wanted you to ;) You said once that you're not athletic, but your first "date" really centered around athletics--how crazy is that??

Lauren@BaseballsandBows said...

What a great story! Very sweet. I can't remember my first date either, so I also posted about my first date with my husband.

Anonymous said...

Those Hossink men....so smooth! Wonder if they got that from their father? Love, SIL

Joyful Days said...

Love hockey games!! What a neat date and a happy ending. That is even better.

JennaG said...

I think that sounds like a very fun date--and I would think that at 18 you were loving that whole kiss thing--I would have been. I would be shy too, but inside, I would love it.

Barbara H. said...

It's neat how so many of us wrote about first dates with our husbands!

Glad all the circumstances worked in your favor. :)

Sheryl said...

It's so much fun reading these first-date, love stories! Thanks for sharing yours!

Renee's Ramblings said...

What a fun and sweet date! Thanks for sharing.

Corrie said...

Cute story...and with such a happy ending!

JennaG said...

I think Cecil Boyer is a very interesting relative to have. We only truly know of one on my Hubby's side--Celia Murphree was a Confederate Civil War heroine. She drugged Union soldiers and took them to General Nathan Bedford Forrest. He gave her a horse as a reward.

annie said...

I'm glad you liked it (meatloaf) mine got bumped to tonight and it is cooking as I type... don't you love the crockpot? I do!

Karen said...

I received your book from Amazon yesterday, so excited and I started reading last night. I'm away with the family this weekend, so your book is coming with me. Awesome! I am loving it and devouring it.

Sonya said...

Ah, very sweet! I love stories like this!

Sweet Mummy said...

A kiss on the FIRST date!!??!! WOW! Must be / have been a really special guy! What a great story! I missed the Tuesday to write about this, but I think I'll have to add my first date story to my blog, too. My first date with my sweetie!