15 years ago, this month, my husband and I had our first date. I was introduced to Rick that spring by a mutual friend who later shared she thought we would be perfect for each other. Our friend had arranged several social events over that summer of which both of us were invited, and sometimes the two of us were the only guests.
So on the second Sunday of October 1995, Rick invited me over for breakfast. For those of you that don’t know,breakfast is Rick’s favorite meal to make and he does it quite well. He made eggs, bacon, and his speciality, sauted potatoes with garlic and onions. I was a little nervous as I knocked on the door of his townhouse clutching the bag of bagels I brought to share. However, over coffee and a few laughs, Rick has a wonderful sense of humor, I began to relax and enjoy myself. So much so, that when breakfast ended, and Rick suggested we go for a walk on the boardwalk, I agreed.
That Sunday was similar to today, with plenty of sunshine and low humidity. The boardwalk was now absent of the summer holiday tourist traffic, so we walked the entire length enjoying the mild fall day. We ended up at a local hangout, and shared a piece of cheesecake for a late afternoon snack.
On the way back to his house, we stopped at a speciality beer and wine shop, and purchased a few bottles of Weizen, a German beer. I was stationed in Germany with the U.S. Army in the late 1980s, Rick had traveled there to visit friends. We watched old movies, and after that we gave each other hugs and said good night. To this day, Rick says it’s the best date he’s ever had…