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Thursday, December 11, 2008

First Date Jitters - and a BIG Nikon Surprise at the End For You ...

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Can you remember your first date?  Your first kiss?  That first tingle up and down your spine?  Can you recall the feelings of excitement and nerves because you didn't know how to act or what to say without sounding - uh - stupid and childish?  I know I sure can, and last night, my daughter Sarah was standing in the driveway holding her puppy, Hannah, waiting for me to get home from a girl's lunch out with my friend Alison - to share some exciting news with me. 

When we drove in, Sarah was smiling ear-to-ear.  I got out of the car and waved goodbye to Alison.  Sarah ran up to me still smiling. 

"You look happy sweetheart, did you have a good day at school?"  I asked

"Yes, Mom, I had a great day."

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(This is Sarah at age 10 - wasn't that yesterday?)

"So what is making you smile so big?"  I asked

 "Well, my friend Lydia might not be able to go to the Winter Formal with me this Saturday."  Sarah said  (Note: Sarah had already purchased her ticket and was going to go with her friend from our neighborhood, Lydia)

"Oooooh, and the reason for you smiling has nothing to do with going alone does it?  Sarah, sweetie, who asked you to the dance?"  I asked, reading her face like a neon sign. 

"Nick.  Mom, he asked me to go to the dance."  Sarah replied and then she giggled.


"Oh my, Sweetie, that is great!  I'm so excited for you!,"  and I gave her a big hug and got a lick on the face from Hannah.  "My goodness, my little girl has been asked out on her first date.  Can I cry now?"  I said as I looked at Sarah with tears in my eyes.

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("First Date" by Ron Blumberg, oil on panel, c. 1957)

"Ol, Mom, I'm so happy."  Sarah replied

"Have you told Daddy yet?"  I asked

"No, Mom.  I wanted to share it with you first and talk to you about it first."  Aren't daughter's wonderful?  We have a special relationship and I am going to do everything I can to keep it that way.

"Tell me all about it, sweetheart."  I said to Sarah who was still smiling.  And then we walked slowly into the house while she shared with me how Nick asked her to the dance. 

You see, Sarah and Nick have been friends since the first week or so of high school.  They have a few classes together and lunch too, and he has been nice to Sarah and teases with her too.  And we all know what that means, right? 

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(This was last year - when Big Bear had a job and life was good)

So, as we walked into the family room, Christmas music playing and Big Bear and the boys working on putting up the Christmas tree and lights, I called Big Bear aside to tell him it was time to buy that rifle.  (just kidding)

"Oh really now.  Should I go out right now?"  Big Bear responded.

"Well, not so fast.  Our little girl has been asked out on her first date to the Winter Formal."  I said.

"Wow.  And you remember your karate, right?"  Bob said. (Note:  Sarah is a brown belt in karate having taken 7 years in Maryland, and was one belt away from being a black belt when we moved to North Carolina 3 years ago.  Unfortunately, we have not been able to find anyone who teaches Tai jitsu (Ju Jitsu) here,  but hope to get her back in the swing of her martial arts soon.)

Put it this way, Sarah could probably take him out if he got fresh. 

I'm so proud of her.  My little girl is growing up, and now I am thinking about my own first date and smiling ear-to-ear.

So, what is my little girl going to wear to her first formal?  What accessories is she going to wear?  What shoes?!!!  Oh dear, I suppose now she'll start spending hours on end locked in the bathroom experimenting with make-up and hairstyles.


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And because I want to share the joys of the season with you, I am offering a $100 gift certificate from Shabby Apple.

Shabby Apple contacted me and wanted me to share this gift with you.  However, before I offer anything up here on Raisin Toast, I check it out to see if it is the quality I expect for my readers, and I was impressed with their site and sophisticated style.  And, although they do not have a large selection of dresses and accessories, what they do have is kinda cute. 

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They have dresses and accessories for gals and little girls too.  I love the dresses for the little girls especially and I think you will too.  It seems like just yesterday that Sarah was this size and tooling around the house in pretty dresses and bare feet.  What a cutie-pie she was, and now - well - she is growing up so fast and blooming into a beautiful young lady. Can I cry?  Where's the kleenex?!!!  I need tissues!  Waaaaah.

I want to hear from you!  "What do you remember about your first date?" 

And because I love my readers so much, I have another BIG surprise ... 

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How about a Nikon D80 Digital SLR?  You'd like that right?  I thought so.  I have such wonderful sponsors.  And since it is the season for giving, I want to give you, my wonderful readers, a gift that will keep on giving - this Nikon D80 camera! 

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I love my Nikon Digital SLR, and I know you will love this one too.  The quality of the pictures is unmistakable.  And you can be sure that I am going to take pictures of my little girl as she prepares for the Winter Formal - and of course, her first date.  And now, you can enjoy creating memories of your family and life experiences, just like I do, with this great Nikon Digital SLR camera!

And, next week, to celebrate the season, I will be giving away the wonderful, the fabulous, the fantastic - Adobe Photoshop CS4!  So, you gotta come back and keep reading all about my crazy life if you want to be rewarded this holiday season! 

And just so you all know that I run a legitimate operation here, my friends, (and you guys know who you are), neighbors, and family, are not eligible for these contests.  That's only fair.  Not that I don't love you bunches, but my sponsors are very strict about these things and it is the right thing to do.  So these contests are just for my readers, anyone I've never met face-to-face, and anyone who just stops by to see what's happenin' around my toaster. 

We will print off all the comments, and my little ones will cut each of them out and fold them in half.   Then my little cherubs will put all the comments in a basket and pick the first winner of the Shabby Apple gift certificate and then the next name they pull from the basket will win the Nikon D80 - Saturday before noon!

Good luck to you all and I am looking forward to reading all of your first date stories!


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