Bring Back the Butterflies Contest

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Some first dates turn out flawless, they go exactly as planned. Your shirt remains free of pit stains, you manage to make your date laugh several times throughout the date, you hear doves singing in the distance, and at the end of the night, you seal the deal with a kiss. Other first dates? Not so much. Some end in heartbreak, some end in belly laughs, others may end in a shocking surprise.

I never had an outrageous or over the top first date, but my story makes me laugh every time I reminisce about it. I had been texting back and forth with this fascinating guy I had met (spoiler alert – he’s now my husband!). We decided to have a relaxed first date on a week night to see if the conversation was as good in person as it was over text. He invited me over to his house and we had planned to order pizza and watch movies. It had come to his attention that I had an embarrassingly long list of classic movies I had never seen and he was bound and determined to check a couple off the list.

On a Monday after work, I drove up to his house, which is on the corner of the street. The house has a front door, a side door, and a back door. I was nervous and didn’t know which door to choose. I parked in front of the house and approach the front door. I stood on the front steps and text him “here” – classic millennial move, I should note. He replied, “Where?” I replied, “On the steps.” He replied, “I don’t see you?” And we went round and round until we figured out he was standing on the steps of the back door while I waited on the front steps. Not being able to find your date within the first 5 minutes is not a good sign!

After the awkward arrival, I went inside and we started to figure out where to order pizza from. We effortlessly selected our toppings and ordered online. The pizza arrived and we ate – things were looking up! After pizza, it was time to watch a movie. We moved from the kitchen to the living room, where we continued to talk for a few minutes. Those minutes dragged on and turned into an hour. Our standing shifted into a little pacing, some swaying, but always about 5 feet apart. We were the epitome of awkwardness, dancing around the couch, attempting to focus on maintaining eye contact, debating on how long to laugh at a poorly crafted joke. Looking back I remember thinking, this is strange, why aren’t we sitting? After that hour of standing, his roommate came home and had plopped himself down on the couch. Between the new presence of a roommate and how late the time had gotten, it was clear we weren’t going to watch a movie that night. I ended up heading home and we decided to have our next date at a restaurant, where there was a clear societal norm to sit during dinner!

It wasn’t until 3 years into our relationship that we talked about our “awkward” standing living room conversation – turns out we both thought it was bizarre and we were waiting for the other person to sit down.

Everyone has a first date story to share, whether it was charmingly awkward like mine, funny, beautiful, you name it – we want to hear it! PREPARE/ENRICH is holding a contest for the best first date story during January 23rd, 2017 – February 7th, 2017. Be creative; share your story via video, written, drawn, etc. – whatever format you feel most comfortable. Submit your entries to: before midnight central-standard time on the 7th of February for a chance to win a $100 Visa gift card.

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