Friday, August 21, 2009

Flashback FRIDAY - 1991

It was the summer of 1991, we started our official “first date” by riding around Muskegon in the back of his mom’s junker car, as she was running errands. I have a vivid memory of spilling a slushy on my T-shirt, but he had an extra one I changed in to. She brought us to a baseball game for Mentally Challenged Adults. We cheered them on together. He gave me a lollipop. I asked him if he wanted to share it. He acted like I was disgusting for even asking. (To this day he will not share his ice-cream with me, off of the same spoon).

We ended up at the Getty 4 Drive-In.
His mom, brother, and a friend in the front seat.
A friend, him and I in the back.
I don’t remember anything about that movie. I simply remember the feeling of his hand, as he held mine. I simply remember how hard my HEART was beating, as it slowly realized that the 15-year old boy was everything I ever wanted.

We walked to the bathroom at the Drive-In. When I came out of the girl’s bathroom, he was coming out of the boy’s. His friend was bringing him a duffel bag from the car and handed it to him. I thought it was kinda weird, but he said “OK, thanks” to his friend. He took the bag back to the car and put it in the trunk. I never thought another thing about it.

Years later he laughs as he retells the story. When he was in the bathroom at the Drive-In, he thought he smelled bad (as for most of his life, he has had a secret obsession with Old Spice Deodorant). He told his friend, “Hurry, go back into my bag and get my deodorant, bring it to me in the bathroom so I can put some on!!” His friend obviously got confused by the instruction, or was unable to locate the deodorant in the duffel bag. Afraid to disappoint him, he chose to bring the entire duffel bag back instead.

Funny - I thought he smelled fabulous for the entire day.

We ended our first date in his friend’s driveway in Norton Shores.
His mom was talking.
Our friends were preoccupied with emptying the car.
I looked him square in the eye and said, “You should say goodbye to me right now.”
He said, “Huh?”
I kissed him full on the mouth.
He said “Oh”.
He went into his friend’s house.
I’ve been telling him what to do ever since……..


Paul and Jackie said...

How cute! Dan looks straight out of Beverly Hills 90210 (the old show). I do say you both look awful young to be dating in that pic. :)


Tony Hulings said...

I remember having P.E. with him at Fruitport. Every day after class, he would walk around the locker room, asking for "Deo" until he found the right kind. To this day, every time I hear that word, it reminds me of those days.

I am so happy that Daniel Cook, one of the people I respect the most, ended up with my big sis. I wouldn't want it any other way.

I am so very proud of you two! I know what you have been thru to get here, and I want you to know that I am proud to be related.

Now come put in my sprinklers!

Anonymous said...

And he loves every minute of it ! ;)

Grandma KIM said...

It's so hard to believe that you two still have that same 'spark' since the day you met! You are an inspiration to so many.... (we are all secretly wishing that we too, could love the way you do) I love you both and know your love will endure forever.........

(man, neither of you have changed a bit since 1991)

Grandma KIM said...

BTW.... I'm LOVING flash back Fridays!