Last year I made no secret of the fact that Valentine’s Day is not my favorite day of the year and for good reason. I won’t go into that again, however, I thought it’d be fun to share one of my more humorous Valentine’s Day dates. My then boyfriend now husband, whom I will refer to as dh for the remainder of this story, thought it would be fun to try a Greek restaurant in Seattle’s U District. This date traumatized me for many years, but I can at least smile over it now. I’m hoping it will make you chuckle. Now, before I go any further I must defend my man. This took place before we had the internet, and GPS, so don’t judge him too harshly–after all, I did marry him. :)
Our evening began with us feeding a parking meeting and subsequently getting ambushed by people who knew more than we did–you don’t have to pay the meters after 6:00. We were very young. :) Okay, so that wasn’t so bad, but it should have been a warning of the evening to come.
As it turned out my dh didn’t exactly know the name of the restaurant he was taking me to, or the address. He only had a general idea–the U District. So we begin to walk. It’s dark and there are not a lot of people out. At one point we find a place that looks promising, so we walk toward the door, but realize our mistake too late. The doors are set back and we have to walk into this darkened walkway only to find out it was closed, and it wasn’t the restaurant he hand in mind. LOL I’m not even positive it was a restaurant. So we turn around only to be accosted by a man who solicits me. I was mortified! I was dressed conservatively in kaki colored pants, and a button up floral top, and flats. There was nothing about me that said I’m for sale. I must admit, that part still bothers me and this happened over twenty-five years ago. Somehow we manage to get away from the scary man and cross the street only to have a gang of several men form a circle and block our path. Yes, this all really happened on one date. Scared we slipped into a nearby store and waited for the group to leave.
The store clerk was helpful and told us how to find the Greek restaurant. By this time we were starving and it was getting late–at least to us. :) We finally made our way to the place my dh had in mind and were seated by the window. Those guys were hanging out outside the same window, which really freaked me out considering my overactive imagination. I don’t remember a thing about the food, but my dh really enjoyed it. LOL
Oh, for the record we found out later that those guys who formed the circle were in all likelihood conducting a drug deal.
Isn’t it funny how when someone tries to do something nice for us it does’t always turn out as planned? Sadly my husbands record of planning dates has improved very little through the years. He now doesn’t even try and leaves all plans for anything up to me. It’s really for the best. :)
I’m reminded of a often quoted scripture passage about love. 1 Corinthians 13. Here is the link. https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1%20Corinthians+13&version=NASB Begin reading in verse four. I would like to add that in the early stages love is also blind. :)
I hope your Valentine’s Day went better than ALL of ours. As I write this post it’s less than a week before the “big day” and neither of us has a clue what we will do. I’m leaning toward attending a home and garden show. :)
Do you have a funny date story? I’d love to hear about it in the comments. Also, my book Island Hope releases February 28th. I wrote a post which includes an except from it over on my personal blog. I’d love it if you’d check it out. Here’s the link. https://kimberlysmusings.wordpress.com/