Unforgettable First Dates

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Conflict is one of the things that makes a novel worth reading. So first dates in romance novels usually end up being messy and complicated. The encounters are typically full of trouble, while somehow affirming that the couple is meant to be together despite all obstacles. In Canyon Walls, my characters’ first date involves star gazing–surrounded by a camp full of teenagers.

On one of my own first dates, my date was driving me to dinner when I reached under the seat of his truck and instead of moving the seat back, I sliced my finger open on a piece of metal. It was one of those crazy wounds that wouldn’t stop bleeding.

I was mortified.

My date drove down the interstate as I searched for a fast-food napkin or anything I could put on my finger to stop the bleeding. Before I knew what was happening, my good-looking date had pulled up his dress shirt, held out the bottom of his white undershirt, and stuck my bleeding finger in it. It was incredibly sweet, but it wasn’t the first impression I’d hoped to make.

He exited the highway, changed out of his undershirt and into his dress shirt, and left me in the truck as he went into a store. He bought me a box of bandages and antibacterial cream. The gesture was far more romantic than flowers.

I still have a scar–right beside the finger where I wear the wedding ring he gave me. It’s a daily reminder of our wonderful and never-boring romance.

The secret of a great first date isn’t about the right restaurant or the most romantic location; it’s about sharing it with the right person.

What was your most memorable first date?

About Julie Jarnagin

Julie Jarnagin is a multi-published author of inspirational romance. She grew up in a small Oklahoma town where her family farmed and ranched. These days she lives in a not-so-big city with her amazing husband and young son who tolerate all her nerdy quirks. Julie earned a B.A. in Journalism / Professional Writing from the University of Oklahoma and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. www.JulieJarnagin.com
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21 Responses to Unforgettable First Dates

  1. Such a great post. While my first date with my husband was special because it was my husband (and he never lets me forget I asked him to get me a glass of water from the bar at the dance club we’d gone to that night – took him 10 minutes just to wade through the sea of people at that bar!) when joke about one of my most memorable first dates, the one where I was picked up at my house by my date driving a full-size yellow school bus is always at the top of my list. His car broke down and rather than cancel the date, he used the bus his friend drove during the day. It was a sight! LOL
    Thanks for the sentimental journey this morning.

  2. Jennifer Shirk says:

    Awww…I LOVED that story!!
    On my first date (with my now hubby), he held up the receipt to our dinner after he paid and asked if I wanted to save it for our scrapbook. I laughed, of course, thinking he was being WAY presumptuous. But here we are together almost 20 yrs later.
    And we still have the receipt. 🙂

  3. Bethanne says:

    Awww! You had to marry him! 😀 Sweet story.

    My first date with my husband was a double date to a place called Drovers in West Virginia where they served wings… It was great company with our good friends. I didn’t know them very well then, but they are still our friends now. That’s a good sign that I didnt’ offend or act like a complete nincompoop. 😀

  4. Nina Croft says:

    Loved your story, Julie. And I have a terrible admission – I can’t remember my first date with my husband. But it was a long time ago. I’m going to go ask him now and I’ll be totally ashamed if her remembers!

  5. Clarissa Yip says:

    Great stories! I wish I could say I had a first date, but I’ve never had one…Or maybe I was on one and hadn’t realized… 🙂

  6. Jill Kemerer says:

    Aw, I love it! You found a keeper, Julie!

  7. Sutton Fox says:

    What a wonderful memory, Julie. Great post.

    Thanks to everyone for sharing your stories. They’re so sweet! Although, I confess, I don’t remember mine either.

  8. Sally says:

    That’s such a sweet story, Julie! I literally shrieked when you got the scar/ring part. 🙂 Unfortunately, my first date with the DH wasn’t nearly as exciting…just some movie on New Year’s Eve. Then again, we’ve spent 16 New Year’s Eves together since that time, so maybe it was kinda special. 🙂

  9. What a fun new blog! I love it! And I love your first date story. So sweet.

    My most dramatic first date memory was one of those infamous matchmaking-by-a-well-intentioned-friend type deals. It was a whole weekend trip to go to a big party at the home of a Dallas Cowboys player (Hello, it was 1992 and I loved Troy Aikman. I would’ve gone with Hannibal Lector to that party if he’d asked). The date started out fine…definitely no sparks, but he was nice enough. But as the party rolled on, my date got super drunk and I got super annoyed. I don’t remember how it happened, but I lost him at some point and ended up sitting at a table of total strangers for a couple of hours. When it was time to leave, I had to fight him for the car keys, drive him back to the hotel, and practically carry him to his room. I walked him to the edge of the bed where he fell on his face, out cold, and I decided I had used up all my nice. The drive home the next day was a tad bit awkward. And I’ve haven’t seen that guy since. The end.

  10. My first date with my husband nearly ended very early. We were meeting at a drive-in theater. I walked into the concrete building where you could buy snacks and play video games and saw a girl flirting with him. I stood there for a few minutes. He said hello and continued playing his game.

    I told him I was going home and stormed out. He chased after me and I went into this speech about how I didn’t have to put up with that, that I deserved better than that. Which, at the time, was probably not something I’d ever realized before. He agreed with me, that I deserved to be treated well, but had been utterly clueless to the girl hanging off the machine.

    I believed him. Glad I did. I don’t know that he’s ever even glanced at another woman, at least not in my presence.

    Such a great story, Julie.

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