WOW!! This month marks 16 years since my first date with Wayne.
Let me take you back to 1997…
…slow fuzzy flashback dissolve here…
… I was living in Oakville with 2 roommates and working in sales for the corporate world. My jewelry business was more of just a side line hobby at this point and I proudly called it, “Designs by Monica”. Chokers, (like I’m wearing in the pic) were all the rage and I was convinced that they would make me famous!
Wayne moved in with his roommate and her dog, Simba, a couple of doors down on the next block, above a music store, and we quickly became good friends. Hanging out, sharing dreams and ideas, going to the movies, eating together and partying with all of our friends.
One snowy night Wayne stopped by and asked me if I wanted to go downtown, and grab a Hot Chocolate. While we were walking, a brave 23 year old Wayne said to me, “Moni, I’m really loving this time that we’re spending together and I’d like to be more than friends, if you want to.” I quickly replied with, “Oh no, I am not your type, you wouldn’t be happy with me, I’m too disorganized, I’m too scattered, you’re too nice… etc, etc.” Even as the words were coming out of my mouth I knew I was making a big mistake and I was just behaving like a scaredy cat that didn’t want to take the leap.
A serious relationship with a nice guy, that likes me and wants to spend time with me??
What the heck is that???
Well… the words came out, and Wayne was cool to just be friends and walked me home. As soon as I walked in the door, I threw off my coat and boots and immediately did what all girls do in that situation, I called my closest girlfriend, told her about the evening and asked for advice. She quickly knocked some sense into my thick skull and told me that I was worth having a wonderful guy in my life and that I deserved to be treated well and to get over all that “bad boy” crap (I was 27 at the time…..and a little immature).
“For god’s sake” she said, ” the man even watched Xanadu with you!”
The next morning I woke up and called Wayne, with full confidence and butterflies in my belly and I told him how I really felt! I was glowing and floating and feeling good about my decision. That night we went clubbin’ with our friends and had an awesome night of dancing to the sounds of Alice In Chains, No Doubt, Soundgarden, and Nirvana. Wayne was wearing all black with his hair long enough to reach half way down his back, and I was decked in my sparkly chokers, black mini skirt, and the eyeliner was nice and thick… on both of us!
Wayne wants me to say “guyliner”
The next day was our first official “all-day” date. Wayne and I met up in the morning (no he did not sleep over) and off we went shopping. He thought that it might be fun to get some things to organize my beads and really get this jewelry business off and running… and that’s how it all began…
…now come on back to 2013…
I’d love to hear your first date experiences.
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