Dating – Steven’s Version
I first noticed Kristin when she came to Church but I didn’t actually talk to her until a week later. There was something about her that made me think, “I’d like to get to know her.” Kristin went to Family Home Evening with my group and that is when I first spoke to her. I was a little shy and didn’t want to ask for her phone number directly. Like any timid boy, I asked her roommates, who were with her, what their number was. I was trying to be friendly, but I really just wanted to talk with Kristin.
Over the next couple of weeks, I got to know Kristin a little bit and thought I’d ask her out on a date. Usually this is a simple task but Kristin proved to be very popular. I don’t remember the day of the week but I think it was Sunday. I asked Kristin on a date for the upcoming Friday. No deal, she had a date. No problem, I asked for Saturday. Again, she had a date. I figured it was my fault since I didn’t ask soon enough. So, I asked her for the following Friday or Saturday. Again, she was not available because she already had a date. I was thinking, “Maybe she doesn’t want to go out with me.” So, I asked her for the following Friday or Saturday. This is 3 weeks out. Luckily I was able to schedule a date with her, but it was a day-time date.
So here I am, three weeks out, trying to plan a date. I didn’t know what I wanted to do and I’m really bad at planning dates. One week passes. Two weeks pass. Still no plans. So, I ask two of my friends to help me plan my date. We finally decided on a photo scavenger hut. My friends made up a list of things/places where we had to have our picture taken. It was part of the date. There was a list of 26 things to do, listed in order from A to Z. It was perfect for a roll of film. But this was only part of the date. The date would include a photo scavenger hunt in downtown Salt Lake City, lunch while we waited for the film to be developed, and then a little scrap booking to save the memories.
In order to prepare for the date, I went to the scrapbook store and I felt very out of place. I picked out 26 different sheets of paper, some ribbon, and some glossy paper for a cover. I then went over to a printing store to have them cut and score the paper, and to drill holes for the ribbon. It was some difficult work and I still don’t understand scrap booking.
Well, it’s now time for the date. I pick Kristin up around 8:30am and we head to the Trax station. We take the train all the wait to downtown and this gave us a chance to talk. It’s also the first time I put my arm around Kristin (planned), granted it was only for a picture. Kristin was a little nervous as she has had some unpleasant experiences with guys in the past. I share with Kristin our plan for the day and we start hitting all of the hot spots. Next thing you know it’s 1pm and we aren’t even three-quarters done with our list. We finish things up as quickly as we can and then drop the film off for development. We then walked to California Pizza Kitchens for lunch and it was some delicious food. Afterward, we picked up our film and headed home. By this time, it was about 3pm and we got home around 3:30pm or so.
The pictures turned out cute but I was a little worried because this date lasted longer than I planned. I thought all of this would take 4 hours and we would be done by noon. Now, we’re going to finish up around 4pm. That’s an 8 hour date and I know most girls don’t like dates this long. We get to her place and start creating our photo album. I keep apologizing to her for how long our date is. She seemed to be fine with it. We finished up around 5pm and I was getting ready to leave. As I got up, the door bell rang and there was another guy at the door. It turns out that Kristin had another date lined up for that evening. That was a little sad for me, but on the bright side, I just got to spend 8 hours with her. The person taking her out next was one of my friends at Church. Seems we all have good taste.
So, the moral of this story, plan your date way in advance.