Do you remember your first ever date with your current partner?
Here is Heartpoet's account of ours.
She had arrived in Brisbane from far away Melbourne some days before our first meeting. These days had been spent with intermittent contact, hearts rolling back and forth, tentative, wondering. We arranged to meet at her sister's place, and planned for an outing together on a blue summer's day, heat shimmering and constant on the edge of the world.
I parked the car, strolled with song across the unfenced garden lawn and knocked on the screened front door. I said hello. Inside, I caught a glimpse. Her sister came to the door - and behind, I first laid my eyes upon her.
I was struck by her wide brown eyes, soulful eyes that let me swim to her soul. And her smile that carved the day to happiness. She was wearing a pink and white checked top tied at the waist and jeans.
The hours that followed sighed in the shade of summer heat. We gently found our way by car to Paradise Beach (the Gods had been before us to name that place, it seemed). In the car on that journey, with the summer's hazy drone humming in the air, there was time for animated chatter, side way smiles and glances, comfort and unambiguous degrees, and her elegance.
We first embraced on the footpath of our Paradise Beach and it seemed the heavens truly opened. Later, beneath the shade of a summer's beach tree, I sank further and further into the depths of her never ending brown brown eyes. I was smitten and bewitched, and as I fell from the edge of the Earth, I reached for her.
The drive that day back to her sister's place was a quiet and comfortable journey, neither of us anxious to let the moments drift away. I remember her hand upon my knee, how right it seemed. And I remember how she made my heart sing every minute I was with her that day.
We met again over coming evenings. We looked at the shimmering lights of the city, fantasy lights that sparkled in every momentary touch. We whispered of our past and our present, and unspoken gestures crowded on our times together. We sailed upon the summer's sky and it seemed as though our sails would forever be unfurled, challenging the heavenly winds and carrying us to distant stars.
In the minutes before midnight on the day we first met I wrote the following poem for Kimmie...
22 and Paradise
I hadn't really noticed
how perfect it can sound,
until I let the syllables erupt
and magic's heart was found.
A single 2 and twinned companion
on a path to driveways heart,
numerals with keys all wrapped
and destinies to start.
Minutes and the hours
were ours on a day of dazzled smile,
seagulls with a Santa Claus,
swimmers splashed with style.
Trees that leant on summers sigh
a shelter from the rage,
a lingered touch at midday's call
a turning of a page.
And as we felt the passions rise
the wonder of these charms,
we wandered both through paradise
and found each others arms.
Your smiles that cancel all the shade
and lighten up the caves,
your eyes that melt the hardest rock
and fan this sweet loves waves.
Your heart that sends me heaven bound
upon your angels wings,
your voice that beckons lullabies
thus heralded by kings.
Your style and grace in moments swift
in lengthened comforts sigh,
your wonder and delightful glance
that takes me mountain high.
Where here in midnights star filled beat
I'm filled with 22
and love escapes from heart to heart
for all my world is you.
*22 was Kimmie's sisters then house number.
Heartpoet and I picnicked on the foreshore at Paradise Point GC for our first date. We dined on ham and pineapple sandwiches and juice (from the bakery across the road from the beach) not at some fancy a la carte restaurant - yet it was special and the memories of that day are held dear.
I remember the lady in the bakery asking Heartpoet what he would like and him replying a ham and pineapple sandwich and juice please and her then looking in my direction and asking same. In a daze (obviously flushed with new love lol) I said I will have the same please. Being from Melbourne I thought that combo sounded most tropical, that it must have been a QLD thing and Heartpoet's favorite sanger combo. Years later when chatting about our first date he told me that he was so overcome by my presence that day that he had nervously ordered the first two things he clapped his eyes on in the sandwich ingredient making containers behind the counter ha! He had never had just ham and pineapple in a sanger before ha! We laugh about it to this day.
All first dates are special in their own way. Please share your memories of your first date with your current partner?