Today was the 30th anniversary of my first date with Lucy, not the 10th anniversary of Sgt. Pepper teaching the band to play.
July 15, 1984 was a very hot day with a light breeze and little humidity. Today was almost fall-like with the high over 10°F cooler than normal, moderately breezy, and low humidity making the air feel crisp. Despite the heat and sun, we managed almost three hours at the Minnesota Zoo. I know she had a good time because she wanted to go out with me again.
Lucy made such a positive impact on me that I can remember that first date in extraordinary detail. I see Facebook updates and blog posts from others celebrating first date anniversaries. It is nice to see I am not the only romantic remaining. Lucy and I had such a successful marriage because we kept the romance alive, laughed often and treasured our time together.
For those of you still lucky enough to be with your special someone, take a moment to give that person a meaningful hug and think back to your first date. Whether it was romantic or a disaster, that date set into motion the events that drew you together as a couple. Cherish those memories and may you have many more moments together.