The story of our first date.
After our first meeting it would be over a month before we could even go on our first date. This was the beginning of the cell phone age.
So, we began a phone courtship of getting to know one another.
I was a new hire flight attendant, and had only been flying for about eight months. It was a busy month of laying over every couple of days in an incredibly desirable place (not really), Tulsa, OK. It didn’t seem like I would ever have time to go on an actual date.
Until Rico Suave came up with a brilliant plan to come to Tulsa and take me on a date there. Impressed that he would actually fly to another state to take me on a date, we set our plans in motion. Ironically, he had a brother that lived there, and he had also lived there at one time.
I arrived in Tulsa for said layover , which was at a Hilton in the middle of a Wal-mart parking lot. You can imagine the (insert sarcasm here) fun times spent at this place. If you never left this area, you would not even know just how cool Tulsa could be. He had flown in earlier that day, and picked me up at the hotel in his brothers car. We were off.
It was a beautiful day, and not quite the dinner hour. We walked around the trendy area known as Riverside, close to the Arkansas River to pass time. Streets lined with quaint little specialty shops, chic bars, and restaurants surrounded us. Holding hands and smiling from ear to ear in that silly way that only new love can bring, and hanging on each other’s every word, we strolled the avenue.
I remember another couple passing us by on the street. They actually paused for a moment (true story) to tell us ‘how happy we looked and how great we looked together.’ It was spring and love was definitely in the air!
It’s funny because he will tell you that he knew I would be the one he would marry right away.
For dinner he took me to a great little local place called Cafe Ole for some Tex-Mex style cuisine. We dined on the enclosed outdoor patio by an enormous stone hearth. To this day it remains one of our favorite places and we still go there occasionally.
At this point I began to agonize about how the evening would end. What if he wanted to spend the night in my hotel room. I wasn’t ready for that, after all, this could be the one. I didn’t want to ruin it by moving too fast.
It was a miracle, but he didn’t even try! A true gentleman.
We said our goodbyes, and the following morning he even woke up early enough to catch our 5 am flight to DFW.
It was the turning point for me. He had proven himself.
16 months later, we would be married after a proposal in July of 2000- in Tulsa, Oklahoma!
You must imagine our surprise 11 years later (12 if you count when we first met), when Fort Sill, Oklahoma became our first duty assignment with the U.S. Army!
All things begin and end in Oklahoma.