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Adventure in Dating – Sweet and Simple

 Sweet and Simple
by Tammy Schubert

After several posts about bad dates, I promised to tell you about a good experience. This story is about a man named Tim, whose mamma raised him to be a true southern gentleman.

Around ten o’clock on a Saturday morning, I climbed over a pile of clothes designated for charity to get the phone. “Hello.”

“Hey, how’s my girl?” The warmth in Tim’s voice was like the sweet kiss of fresh lemonade on a hot summer’s day.

My heart fluttered. “This is a nice surprise. I thought you were out of town.”

“My trip was canceled, so I wanted to see if you’d spend the day with me.”

Readers, it was one of those moments when excitement was crushed by the amount work around me that couldn’t be put off one more weekend. There was no way I could go out and play. Once I explained what I was doing and said it would take me several hours to finish, Tim didn’t miss a beat. He immediately informed me that he would be happy to give me the time I needed to finish and get cleaned up. I needed to relax later. So, we were going on a picnic.

At first, I was a bit put off because I felt as if I was being ignored. Know what he said when I told him again what had to be done?

“I’m not standing in your way. My intent is to be there when you are finished, so I can take you out to relax. All you need to do is finish the job and be ready for me to pick you up around four this afternoon. I’m handling everything.”

“Really?” A man going out of his way to do something so sweet sounded awfully suspicious to me.

“Yes. Really,” he laughed. “You are going to relax later today because you are always working too hard. So be ready at four. Jeans and sneakers are appropriate.”

True to his word, Tim showed up with a wonderful picnic basket full of goodies. Fried chicken, potato salad, fruit, along with chocolate and Diet Coke. Not only that, he brought me the most beautiful bouquet of wildflowers. Sigh. It was the sweetest thing.

We were the only people in the small park, which seemed to make the afternoon that much more perfect. Until we realized why nobody was there. Tim and I gave it our best effort, but the bees eventually won. The car became our picnic area.

Being chased by those angry pests though gave us lots of laughs because of how ridiculous we looked trying to carve out a little bee-free space for ourselves. Since this was only our third or fourth date, we were still acting a bit too formal with each other. Who would have guessed that bees are great ice breakers?

Readers, while I’m writing this, I can’t help but feel I’m boring you to tears. There was no drama or suspense in this story. There were no life-altering moments. This little adventure was all about a man treating his lady like a princess. Perhaps one of the best takeaways from this post is the fact a man does not have to spend a fortune to impress a woman.

Please share one of your own great date stories with us today.

Carol Burnside / Annie Rayburn - March 29, 2012 - 2:01 am

Ah, Tim reminds me of my Hubby. He loves surprises and would often think up really sweet dates for our special events. On the flip side, many ‘everyday’s’ over the years were made special by a small bouquet of wildflowers or a card.
This month he’s brought me a handful of daffodils for my kitchen window…twice. He’s a keeper!

BTW, Tammy, I don’t think your post was boring at all. I enjoyed it. :inlove:

Linsey Lanier - March 29, 2012 - 5:33 am

I agree with Carol. Sweet isn’t boring. It’s touching. And it gives us hope. I’m glad you and Tim had a great time. Even with the bees. :)

Marilyn Baron - March 29, 2012 - 6:14 am

I’m anything but bored. Your post reads like a great romance story. The guy sounds great? What ever happened to him?

Pam Asberry - March 29, 2012 - 8:23 am

Carol, Linsey and Marilyn are right; your post is far from boring. The only thing missing is the ending. Inquiring minds… ;-) I have been on some lovely dates too and you are right, some of the best ones involved the simplest, least expensive activities, like picnics, live music, or a walk in the park. I look forward to hearing what you have to share next time!

Susan - March 29, 2012 - 11:17 am

Boring not, sweet yes. One of my best dates was when I went to buy boots with my not then husband. We got lost, didn’t find the store we were going to and laughed a lot. That was the beginning of almost 30 years together.

Maxine - March 29, 2012 - 11:48 am

Now that sounds more like it should be. Tim sounds great! Before we married, I had put a pair of shorts and a top on lay away. Money was just a tad tight. When he found out, he went to the mall, got them out of lay away and took me to a baseball game. Keeper.

Tammy Schubert - March 29, 2012 - 1:00 pm

Whew! I’m so glad you didn’t find the story boring.

Carol, you definitely have a keeper on your hands.

Linsey, why we never got stung is still a mystery to me.

Susan and Maxine, you both have keepers, too. The smallest things mean so much more.

Marilyn and Pam, thanks for the kind words.

So, you all want to know what happened? He wasn’t kissable. There was no physical attraction or chemistry between us. I was so disappointed, but you can’t force it. Tim moved on and tried to reconnect with his ex-girlfriend. I don’t know the details, but there was a lot of drama involved. Whatever happened, I hope he is with his special someone.

Darcy Crowder - March 29, 2012 - 1:43 pm

Sounds like he’s a great guy – too bad it didn’t work out for you. But you’re a great gal, so I’ll bet the “kissable” guy is right around the corner. :)

Tami Brothers - March 29, 2012 - 9:51 pm

Hey Tammy! Was totally not bored. I liked this story and date much better than the last two. ;)

One thing to take away from this is how we keep hearing that our writing needs to have some kind of conflict. Things can’t (always) be peaches and roses. Without that little bit of passion, you have that unkissable connection. Make sense???

I hope for the very best for you on your future dates. I’ve got my fingers crossed and I know that kissable nice guy is out there. He just has to find his way to you. :)



Mary Preston - March 30, 2012 - 4:55 am

Such a sweet story could never be boring.

Sandra Elzie - March 30, 2012 - 7:22 am

Sorry I’m late…I was out celebrating our anniversary…which you all will hear about the first part of next month in my post.

Tim sounds like a dream guy…almost fictional…you know, the guy we’d write as a hero.

If nothing else, he raised the standard for you to strive to find again. I’m sure “the” hero for you is out there and when the timing is right, he’ll ride in on the white charger and whisk you away. (big sigh)

Love ya girl and praying for the best in your life.

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