Keli Gwyn
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Romantic First Date Revisited

Where did you go on your first date?

Gwynly and I went out to dinner at Scotts on the Embarcadero
in San Francisco and enjoyed a fancy fish dinner. Afterward
we crashed the Junior-Senior Prom at the high school
where he was teaching, held at a restaurant in Berkeley.

First Date

I figure we’re one of the few couples who received an 8×10 photograph
to commemorate the event. The photographer wanted us to get all cozy
as prom couples are apt to do, but I insisted we keep things semi-formal.
It was our first date, after all.


Earlier this month we were able to relive our first date.

PHS Prom 2

We volunteered to count the royalty ballots at his high school’s prom.

PHS Prom 3

Unlike our first prom when I was ill-at-ease, this experience was wonderful.
I had a great time talking with the young people and admiring their finery.

PHS Prom 1

The best part of the evening, though, was spending time
with my guy as we relived a special memory.


I’d love to hear about your first date.
Where did you go? What did you do?
What made the date extra special for you?
~ or~
Feel free to share a prom memory.


Keli Gwyn


  • Julie says:

    Love the pictures! My husband and I went snow skiing on our first date. He was a Sunday School teacher for a group of middle schoolers that he took and asked me to go along. I had never snow-skiied before! Needless to say it was not a very enjoyable time, BUT I was smitten and so invited him to dinner for another date. I’m glad I did because he was never going to ask me out again! I made him sweet and sour chicken and he swears that is what “caught” him! Twenty-Eight years later we laugh at that date and we love each other more every year 😉

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Julie, I think it’s neat that your first date involved coming alongside your future husband as he served others. You got to see what a generous heart he obviously has. I admire your bravery in attempting skiing for the first time. I had a first date on skis as well. While it wasn’t exactly fun, it was certainly memorable.

      Sounds like your sweet and sour chicken must be very good if it won your guy over. I suspect your willingness to help him out and step outside your comfort zone on that first date might have had something to do with it, too. Maybe he was afraid to ask you out again after that not-so-stellar experience. Kudos to you for doing the asking. Like you, I was smitten after that first date with my fellow and did the asking. 🙂

      • Julie says:

        In reality Keli my husband’s thinking was that I was too immature so he better move on. I was only 18 at the time and still living at home with my parents. He was 25, a former Marine living on his own. In his words, “You are still wet behind the ears!” haha!

        And yay for us women knowing what we want!!

        • Keli Gwyn says:

          Julie, thanks for sharing more of the story. I have to admire your tenacity and courage. Perhaps it was your bravery that won your Marine over. No matter what it was, you overcame his resistance and won the battle. 🙂

  • Awww, sweet!! On our first official date,John looked at me with his big brown eyes, held my gaze, and wrapped his arm around………………………………………………..his plate of food.

    Yup. He guarded his dinner?! WAY TO GO, buddy, when your date has body image issues!! But, since he has 5 siblings and dozens of married in to’s and nieces and nephews, he was SURE I was going to steal his dinner.

    He never did that again.

    ANd prom? I was on the planning committee, but refused to go. All the popular kids ambushed it at the end of the planning stage and I was furious that they ruined all our work. I mowed the lawn instead.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Jennifer, somehow I’m not surprised that the tale of your first date made me chuckle. I trust you didn’t snitch his food, so he felt safe. I trust you keep his plate filled these days.

      I’m sorry your prom experience was so painful. If you want a re-do, you could always contact your local high school and ask if you and your guy could volunteer at the prom. You could have your magical evening after all with your very special someone.

      • I was quite content to not go. It wasn’t so much a painful experience, but more like I tossed my hands in the air and let them ruin their own evening. And gave me one of sweet and memorable evenings that let my parents know I was growing up. It’s all good. And the lawn looked great!

  • Melissa Tagg says:

    OH, that is the sweetest thing–reliving your first date!!! Okay, so I’m not married, so I’m just going to tell one particular first date experience. In college, a group of guys created their own prom. And oh my goodness, they did it up right…it was amazing…I was one of the girls asked to the prom. I found out months later that the entire thing had been an elaborate plan to woo me by my date…good times. Of course, the relationship wasn’t really meant to be and thankfully we realized that down the road…but still, at the time it was pretty sweet.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Melissa, how neat that a guy would like you enough to enlist his friends to plan a prom just so he could ask you to come. Even though he wasn’t The One, that was still a special gesture.

  • Jill Kemerer says:

    I love this!! Pictures and everything!! Sooo fun!

    We don’t really remember our first date. I think it was bowling, but it might have been a movie. I DO know my hubby flashed a 2-for-1 coupon for Putt-Putt my way. I was smitten. I’ve always been a sucker for coupons!

  • You look wonderful! I think your first was so cool!
    My husband was over two hours late for our first date to an Italian restaurant. When he arrived, he asked if I still wanted to go. His car had broken down. Um, yes, I was starved. So we went but neither of us could really eat as we were so nervous! We made up for it in the years to come!

  • Amy Leigh Simpson says:

    Oh, I LOVE this story, Keli! So sweet!

    I was my hubby’s math tutor in college, so we had bunch of “study dates” at Starbucks talking very little about math before doing bible studies and learning all about each other. Those are some of the sweetest memories for me, but I remember thinking, “Alright, this guy is so thick, no wonder he needs a math tutor! Just ask me out already!” 🙂 When he finally did make it official. He did it up right with a very romantic dinner at a fancy restaurant in the country. Afterward we cuddled up in the courtyard in front of a huge stone fireplace and looked at the stars. Hmm… perhaps I should remind him how romantic he can be 😉

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Amy, I love how you and your husband were friends first and how he, when he finally made his move, planned a that date extra special for you. Sounds like he got one math equation right: 1+1=2getherness.

  • My husband and I were good friends before we started dating, so it’s hard to recall the first actual “date.” For about a week he came over to my house every day (I still get giddy when I think about it). At the end of the week he invited me to his parents’ house on the lake (remember, we were only 17). We walked to his aunt and uncle’s cabin a few doors down and sat on the end of the dock to watch the sun set. After that we went to his parents’ and watched a movie. At this point there had been no conversation about us being a “couple”–but during the movie I mentioned that I was cold and I touched his hand with mine. He reached over and took my hand and held it for the rest of the movie. I don’t even remember what the movie was about! 🙂 After that he went up to his room and brought me back a sweatshirt to wear home. Right before I walked out the door, he leaned over and gave me a kiss on the cheek. From that day, to this (sixteen years later), we’ve been together.

  • Oh, Keli! Swoon, swoon, swoon! Sooo sweet and romantic! I adore your pics!

    My husband and I were initially set up on a blind date by a coworker of mine (although we went out with a mutual group of folks FIRST prior to our one-on-one date.) THAT date (our first one) we went to see “Splash” with Darryl Hannah (sp?) and then we ate pizza–with lots of gooey, drippy cheese. The kind of thing most people don’t want to eat in front of their very first date. But we did, and it was a blast!)

  • Amber Perry says:

    Keli! I love those pictures, how fabulous! what a fun story–I’m so glad you shared!
    Rob and I were set-up so to speak. He was living in OK and I was in OR, so we started emailing and when we realized we had tons in common he asked to come visit me in person…and to make a long story short, a year later we were engaged and the rest is history. HAHAHA
    God bless!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Amber, I love hearing about romances that began with letter (or email) exchanges. Must be the writer in me. I’m sure you’re grateful to those friends who set up you.

  • Linda Hanna says:

    My future husband and I met over the phone. I was moving into an apartment with a co-worker of his. They had casually dated for several months and had argued the evening before. He was calling her to apologize for his part in it. (a man who apologizes? POINT!)

    She wasn’t home, so I answered the phone. I explained she went to visit her mother. He called back a few minutes later and we talked for over an hour. He had such a pleasant voice and was so sweet. (more points!)

    After we hung up, I went back to my old apartment for another load of boxes – went out for a mini-date with someone else before finally getting back to my new ‘home.’

    My roommate asked me if I liked Bill. I told her I thought he was very nice. She asked if I’d ever go out with him. I shrugged and said, “Maybe sometime.”

    What I didn’t realize was that while we were talking, she was dialing him on her phone. She said, “Bill? Here’s Linda” and handed it to me.

    He asked me out for pizza that night – and even though I was exhausted from moving, I went. We’ve been together ever since. That was 41 years ago! We’ll be celebrating our 40th anniversary this August.

    By the way, that pizza was absolutely horrible, but Bill was definitely a keeper!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Linda, what a special story. I love how you connected with your fellow from the start and how your roommate helped things along. Gotta love friends like that.

      • Anonymous says:

        Here’s a little prequel to the story:

        As a girl, I was always fascinated by the way cartoons were made, so one summer, my best friend and I pretended to be animators for the Flintstone division of Hanna/Barbera Cartoons.

        After about a week, Tina and I decided that being every day cartoonists wasn’t good enough. We wanted to be in charge and the best way for a woman to do that back then was to marry the boss! So, I became Mrs. William Hanna and Tina became Mrs.
        Joseph Barbera. Who would’ve guessed that ten years, 3 moves and 1 state later, I really would marry William Hanna…just not the rich cartoon mogul. lol

        (that wasn’t the reason I was attracted to him, by the way.)

  • Love your story and photos, Keli! I mentioned your post to my hubby and we both agreed that we can’t really pinpoint our first date. Since we’ve been married for 53+ years I suppose our bad memories can be forgiven. LOL.

    We DO remember our first contact… when my then-boyfriend took me to his church. I recall eyeing a good-looking guy in the choir who turned out to be the minister’s son, and he recalls noticing me in the pew and thinking some day he would marry me! I’ve told him how strange that was since we hadn’t even met, but he thinks God popped the thought into his head.

    My boyfriend also took me to their youth group where my future DH was the president, and over several months we were thrown together during the group’s activities and outings. I remember sitting next to him at a youth convention’s windup service, and somehow, on the drive home, being the last person in the carload he dropped off. The other boyfriend just drifted quietly out of the picture as DH and I became a twosome. There was no tumultuous breakup. In retrospect I think DH was right: God had marriage in mind for us all along. 🙂

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Carol, I love the story of how you and your sweetheart met. I’ve heard of stories where one person took a look at the other and “knew” they were altar-bound, almost as if the Lord said that wonderful event would come to pass. Sounds that was true in your case. How special!

  • Tammi T. says:

    My husband and I met at a mutual friend’s house on 10/31, during a multi- church singles gathering for Monday night football. I was living with my sister at the time and was having my QT with God. I wrote in my prayer journal that I’d like to get to know Mike better. A minute later, the phone rang and it was Mike calling me and asking me out. We went that afternoon to a place in FL called Jungle Gardens. We had lunch at Applebees. He proposed for the first time less than 2 months later. (I wasn’t as certain as he was at the time.) We were married about 2 1/2 years after first meeting.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Tammi, that’s a great story about answered prayer. God certainly threw the door wide open, didn’t He? Your fellow didn’t waste any time once you said yes to his invitation to go on a date. He must have been very interested in you, as evidenced by his initial proposal just two months after that date. That had to feel good.

  • Our first date was a movie, Anne of a Thousand Days. I figured any guy who enjoyed history as much as I did was worth spending time with. We still enjoy watching historical drama together.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Darlene, how neat that you and your husband share a love of history. The same is true of Gwynly and me. He enjoys visiting historic sites and listening to me recount interesting facts I find when doing research for my books.

      What’s the most interest historic site you and your guy have visited?

  • Love this story, Keli. LIke all your other stories of your love, marriage and the wonderful times you have with your family … it is a warm memory you shared with us.

    My first date with my husband was at a famous downtown Brooklyn restaurant. I was tickled he took me there, but was so nervous I couldn’t eat 🙂 Needless to say, we were able to go back other times when I could eat 🙂

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Florence, it’s so fitting that your first date took place at a famous restaurant in your beloved Brooklyn. I’m glad you were able to return many times and relive your memory.

  • Loved this post, Keli! You and Gwynly were a cute couple back then, and still are. 🙂
    My husband arrived at my tiny apartment to pick me up for our first date (dinner at a nice restaurant) and since he knew I had a kitten, he even brought some shrimp for her! I knew then that he was special (although after our wedding he admitted that he really wasn’t a “cat person” *sigh*). Well, after 30 years of marriage (and countless cats) he’s finally realized that felines really are wonderful pets. 🙂

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Patti Jo, it’s easy to see why your guy made a favorable impression on you. When I married Gwynly I learned early on he had an MG convertible he loved. I’ve been known to joke that the pastor who married us really should have said, “Do you take this man and his MG?” In your case, I can imagine the pastor asking your groom, “Do you take Patti Jo and her cats?” 🙂

      How nice that even though your guy didn’t consider himself a cat person, he’s come around. As a converted cat person myself, I know it’s possible. Yes, Gwynly is a cat person, whereas I’d grown up having dogs as pets.

  • I love this! How wonderful, Keli. I never tire of hearing about you and Gwynly’s romance. It’s inspiring!