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Thursday, February 18, 2010

First Date

Three years ago, when I was single and living on the 11th floor of one of the most amazing condo buildings in Daytona Beach Shores, I had an unexpected date with an old acquaintance. He was in town for the day and asked if we could see each other. I had no other plans that Sunday, except to maybe have a margarita by my beach-side pool with my best friend Kristin, so I said sure.

When he arrived I took him to the famed Ocean Deck, I had a blackened mahi sandwich with him, Kristin and another friend, I dragged both of them along because it wasn't really a date.

Back at the condo that night, we stayed up until almost 1:00am talking. I was exhausted at the Paper the next day.

I had a real date with that same guy Tuesday night. We left our 20 month-old under the care of my friend Kenzie and met at a different kind of high rise on the Northside of Atlanta. Who knew that Sunday would lead to dinner and a musical, nearly 600 miles away and three years later, but I'm so glad it did.

He even sent me flowers at work for the occasion. We haven't been out as just a couple since we've moved here. It was nice to be two instead of three.

Some days, I wish we were the same two that were in the Ocean Deck on that Sunday, you see, a lot has changed. It was spelled-out so clear as I sipped sauvignon blanc, and was uncomfortable at downtown wine bar for the first-time in my life. I had to keep asking myself....are we relaxed yet? I'm not sure if I ever got there, even into the second half of Mamma Mia at the Fox Theatre.

We've grown, and have loved each other, and a whole new person and I'm so happy we have that perfect beach evening to thank.

Anne DiNapoli

Atlanta Area Mommies/ FLmominGA
Twitter/ @amdinapoli

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