Throwback Thursday #49 – First Dating Experiences

Welcome back to Throwback Thursday the brainchild of Maggie and Lauren. Lauren is here again to provide a prompt to jog our memories. We’ve talked about first crushes so it’s only logical to wonder about actual dates. When you think back to your “first dates,” do you cringe or smile? Whatever age you started dating, it was sure to have been an exciting step into being a grown-up. First dates can be awkward, nerve-wracking, exciting, disastrous, wonderful or any number of things. When you start dating, it is usually to find someone who you enjoy spending time with. Then dating becomes more about finding someone you connect with and care about; someone who makes you happy and who you can make happy in return.

The prompt this week is first dating experiences.

1) On your very first date, did you do the asking, or were you asked out?

I was asked out.

2) Were you typically stressed out before a first date?

No not at first.

Did things seem to be easier the more you dated the same person?

No not really typically things seemed to get harder and complicated.

3) What did you do to prepare for the date? Did you wear new clothes, or special outfits?

That’s a hard one because I came from a large working class family and a lot of my clothes were hand me down. I made the most of what I had and occasionally borrowed from my nearest sister.

4) How did you meet those first dates?
I can’t remember how I met my first ever date , strange isn’t it? But most of them I met at the youth club I attended with my friend Anne from school.

Were your dates with friends of a family member, or friends of a friend?

Yes a couple were , a brother of a girl at school and then one of his friends oops!

5) Did you have a curfew on those early dates?

Photo by Jordan Benton on

I had a cerfew right up until I got married! At first it was 9pm then went up to 9.30pm. When I met hubby it went up to 10.30pm and there it stayed until we got married.

Did you typically arrive home on time or were you constantly breaking curfew?

I was very good really, hubby sometimes would rebel and we’d be a quarter of an hour late. He’d be banned from the house for a week!

6) Did your parents insist on meeting whomever you dated?

Yes always!

7) Where did you usually go when on a date? (movies, concerts, picnics, etc.)

All of the above…even went to the Zoo with my very first date.

8) Did the boy/man always pay for the date or did you go Dutch treat?

Dutch until I met hubby.

9) Were you typically the talker or the listener on a date?

Both usually.

10) What did you do if the date clearly wasn’t going well? (feign a headache, ask to go home, end the date early, etc.)

I’d say that my father wanted me home by 8pm or earlier, or I had to be up extra early the next day.

11) A connection from the past to the present, if applicable. How long did you date your current partner before marriage?

© willowdot21 first date with hubby.

Four years I was coming up 14yrs when I met him and I was 17yrs nearly 18yrs when we married.

12) Bonus Question: Care to share a disasters first date??????

Once my cousin and I had a double date and with these two older lads who wanted more than we expected…we to the ladies and left. Safety in numbers 💜💜

Author: willowdot21

Female, wife, full time mother and Grandmother. I am not as happy go lucky as I used to be but I am still bubbling along on simmer! I have three handsome sons all grown and flown.The youngest married with a beautiful wife and two sons of his own. Eleven years ago I was working, running a home, driving and socializing then bang in a split second all that was gone. I had an accident at home. I broke my back, not for the first time, I had broken it 10 years previously as well. Unfortunately this time I had broken it really badly and it was truly messed up so I had to have two operations. I was told before each operation that the outcome could mean I spend the rest of my life in a wheelchair. Still as some guy once wrote "I am still standing " yes "better than I ever was " not quite but with the help of a walking stick and as long as I do not stand or sit in one position for too long, I am still standing! Update I no longer use the walking stick . I had lots of friends before the accident but when things like this happen, you loose most of them. Their lives move on and mine stood still and so they left me behind ...I know that is just the way life is but it hurt and always will. Then I looked around and saw those who were still there for me, these friends are the roses in my garden they need to be tended well. They are the diamonds in the dust, I will of been married 50yrs plus this year . Pain and boredom are my enemies now, I have to find different ways to approach life, use my pain befriend it almost...yer right , well that is what they tell me at the pain clinic ROFLMAO ...... if only I could! I have found an outlet for my fears, frustrations and night terrors . I have started writing poetry if that name can be applied to my writing. I hope I do not come over as a moaning winger. I hope I am past all that. I also hope that you might see how the poetry is moving from very dark through the grey and hopefully in to light ?? I need to update this a little here. I have worked very hard over the years since my accident, I go to the gym regularly, I have a Pilates class and a core class once a week . The guys at the gym and my Pilates teacher cajoled, teased, bullied and encouraged me to abandon my walking stick! :) My back is no longer straight it is C shaped because of the injury and I have lost two and a half inches in height but my Pilates and Core teachers have helped me to stand up as straight and as strongly as possible. Pain and depression are still hanging on my arm but I have weapons to use against them and if I say so myself I cope well. I have made lots of new friends, real diamonds. I am also very grateful for all the support and help I have encountered here on Wordpress. Hugs and welcome to everyone who visits.

29 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday #49 – First Dating Experiences”

    1. Big Sis? I love you! I could be your Mum 😲 but big Sis is great!!! I love learning more about you too.
      And you talk a lot….. really 😜💜💜🙂🙂

  1. Thanks for joining in Willow. You started dating young. That makes sense for the early curfew. Your photo is adorable. What a treasure to have that memorialized. It’s fun to see how things are different and yet similiar no matter where you come from.

    1. Yes indeed, I really used to get embarrassed by how young I was when I met hubby but I hadn’t really had many other first dates…. Now I know I am me and that’s just how it was then.. I was old for my years because of my older brothers and sisters and never the less my parents were vigilant 💜😂😂

      1. Yeah, prior to my wife I was always dating older women. The one before her was 20 years my senior.

  2. Now you’ve got me trying to remember my first dates. Mind you, we didn’t date for the sake of dating. You became steady from the get (weirdly)

      1. Oh, I never said we were!
        I only started “dating” after my husband died. Somehow, it was much easier to say, “yo, tonight is tonight, no guarantees there will be another 😉

      2. I like to think I’d still be married if he hadn’t made haste to leave… 🧡🧡🧡
        And they all have their moments, eh? I’d have sold him a few times… 😉😉

      3. Lol sorry that was supposed to be humour clumsy of me of course you’d rather have him still.
        Mine yup he’s good I’ll keep him 💜💜

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