**Disclosure: As a brand ambassador for Central Arkansas McDonald’s I am being compensated for this post. However, all opinions are 100% mine.**
For most, August is a time of year for back to school preparation. That is exactly what I was doing 17 years ago in August 2000. I was home in central Arkansas working the last few weeks of my summer break before heading back to college in Atlanta, Georgia. I’d had a relatively uneventful summer and was excited to return to school. Little did I know that I was about to meet my future husband at my summer job.
With two weeks left of my summer break a couple of real-life cupids helped my husband and I meet. It all started when one of my husband’s work friends noticed him looking at me. He asked him if he liked me. My husband, Mr. K, responded that he thought I was cute. So, real-life cupid #1 set out to try to help his friend (my future husband) get my number.
Now, real-life cupid #1 didn’t know me nor did he know any of the people I hung around at the big distribution center where there were hundreds of people working during each shift. So, it was easy not to know everyone who worked there. But he did know that one of his friends was friends with one of my friends. Therefore, real-life cupid #1 (my husband’s friend) asked real-life cupid #2 (another friend of my husband) to ask real-life cupid #3 (my friend from work) if I was interested in giving my number to Mr. K.
I thought, “why not?” I was about to go back to college in another state. If I didn’t like him I wouldn’t have to see him again, most likely. I took a chance and exchanged phone numbers with him. He called me a few days later and we agreed to go out on a date later that week.
I don’t know how other ladies feel about this, but I’m all for going Dutch (paying my own way) on the first date. I was in college and trying to save all my money for books and other school expenses and I figured he might be doing the same thing. Remember this part for later in the story.
On the day of our first date, Mr. K picked me up and we decided to go see the film Kings of Comedy at Breckenridge Theater in Little Rock. We had some time to spare before the movie started so we decided we would grab some lunch. Now remember the part where I said I preferred going Dutch on first dates. Also, remember the part where I said I was saving most of my money for books and other college related expenses. Naturally, I promptly suggested that we eat lunch at McDonald’s. Mr. K asked if I was sure. I said “yes” because the Quarter Pounder with cheese was my favorite at the time. Plus, McDonald’s fit my budget since I didn’t want to spend a lot of money.
We went to the McDonald’s on Rodney Parham for lunch and as they say, the rest is history. It’s been 17 years since we went on our first date and I’m so glad I took a chance and went out on a date with a guy from work (thanks to the cupid network).
To celebrate the anniversary of our first date, we went back to where it all started ~ the McDonald’s on Rodney Parham in Little Rock. Seventeen years later, we are now married (13 years and counting) and we have two kids. We brought our kids with us and told them this was the place that we went on our very first date.
I don’t know about you, but I like to celebrate with sweet treats. We all ordered a sweet treat from McDonald’s and dined inside to celebrate. I had a caramel sundae, which I had been craving for a while. Mr. K had the Rolo McFlurry which is available until September 4th. Our daughter chose a Kid’s Ice Cream Cone with fries on the side while our son chose his favorite, Chocolate Chip Cookies.