Our First Date & Going Back to Where it all Began 17 Years Later

**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.

Our First Date

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.


  • Reply Ricci August 19, 2017 at 1:10 am

    What a fun recreation of your first date!! I’m all about going Dutch on a first date too!!

    • Reply Sonya August 19, 2017 at 3:09 pm

      I’m glad to know other women feel the same way. 🙂 And it was fun to recreate our first date with our kids.

  • Reply Robin August 19, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    So Sweet. Congratulations on your Anniversary! I know a couple that go to the same Denny’s, their first date restaurant every anniversary. It doesn’t have to be fancy or expensive–those are precious memories.

    • Reply Sonya August 19, 2017 at 3:08 pm

      Thanks Robin!!! I feel the same way it doesn’t have to be fancy or expensive for you to enjoy someone’s company.

  • Reply Akaleistar August 19, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    What a sweet story! Congrats on 17 years 🙂
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    • Reply Sonya September 5, 2017 at 4:40 pm

      Thanks! 🙂

  • Reply Mary August 20, 2017 at 4:44 am

    OMG look at these crazy kids!! Wow you alway look super young to me so it’s crazy to see you this young Sonya. What a beautiful story, I’m always a amazed that a family start after 2 people fall in love, now look at your beautiful children. Its incredible. Wow you guys have been together for 17 years?? Wow. All the real life cupids are so funny, thank goodness everyone worked together lol.

    • Reply Sonya September 5, 2017 at 4:45 pm

      You made my day saying that I always look young!!! 🙂 Thanks Mary!
      Yep! It is weird how a family starts with two people. I would not have imagined that I was going to marry the guy that I went out on a date with because I thought I had nothing to lose by going out with him. I’m so happy that all the cupids worked together to set us up and that we went out together.

  • Reply The Gifted Gabber August 20, 2017 at 6:13 pm

    This story is just the cutest!! Love, love to see people redo their first dates. 🙂
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    • Reply Sonya September 5, 2017 at 4:45 pm

      Thanks Amy!!! 🙂

  • Reply LaKita August 21, 2017 at 4:32 am

    What a wonderful story!! I love that you was able to go back to the same place that you had your first day 17 years ago…the cupid network was so awesome 🙂
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    • Reply Sonya September 5, 2017 at 4:46 pm

      Thanks LaKita!!! 🙂

  • Reply nerline August 21, 2017 at 6:43 am

    Such a beautiful and sweet story. I had no problem letting hubby pay on our first date. Like you, I was in college and needed to pay for my books. Lol! It was a great idea to let the kids celebrate with you guys. It’s a good way to create fun memories together.
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    • Reply Sonya September 5, 2017 at 4:48 pm

      I was happy to let my husband pay for the second date and all of the other dates that we went on too. He wasn’t as broke as me. 🙂

  • Reply Tamara August 22, 2017 at 12:36 am

    Aww.. such a sweet story with those three wonderful cupids.
    I love that you went back to where it all began, AND took your kids.
    Now I’m trying to remember who paid at our first date. I think Cassidy did because it was a business trip. Otherwise, I might have suggested Dutch.
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    • Reply Sonya September 5, 2017 at 4:51 pm

      I’m so thankful that those three cupids help get us together. I can’t imagine what my life would be like if my husband and I had not met.

  • Reply Stacie August 29, 2017 at 12:45 am

    Aw, that is such a sweet story. It’s fun when you can show your kids your past lives.

    • Reply Sonya September 5, 2017 at 4:52 pm

      It was fun to take our kids back to where we had our first date. 🙂 But I think they were more excited about getting a sweet treat.

  • Reply Dre August 31, 2017 at 2:28 am

    Such a sweet story, Sonya. I think it’s so sweet that you guys shared your memories with your children as well. I am scratching my head trying to remember where it was that hubby and I had our first date. Congratulations on being together for 17 years! I wish you guys much love and many more!
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    • Reply Sonya September 5, 2017 at 4:54 pm

      Awww…thanks Dre!!! 🙂

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