Thanks to James Kiing of the Facebook group Married in 2015 who came up with this idea, and Matt Campbell of several LDS single’s Facebook groups who passed the idea along, this motivated several friends and I to “Just Do it!” We picked a date and my friend Christine picked out a simple but fun activity: picking pumpkins at a pumpkin patch, carving them, and playing games at her place. The original idea came from another apartment of awesome women in our ward, but James’ meme, and the amount of traffic it generated here, was the last push we needed, and we had a great time.
I keep preaching that “It’s Just a Date,” because really, that’s all it is. (More on that later.) It’s so easy for me to use my health as an excuse to not date, but really, if the point is just to get to know someone better, than “It’s Just a Date” cancels out that excuse.
It’s here where I have to give kudos to you men who do this on a regular basis. I had decided that I needed to ask someone that I already knew pretty well. I was still terrified, in fact, more terrified than usual. My roommate was cool as a cucumber and just called and asked someone she’d met recently, and didn’t seem flustered at all. Another friend did the same thing, but then he had to back out at the last minute. Part of dating life. Last but not least, Christine decided to let another friend and I set her up.
Everyone proclaimed they had “a lot of fun,” and seemed to mean it. We all got to know each other better.
Verdict? Our women friends who couldn’t make it last time all want to do it again this next month. I must admit that I was hoping for a break (yes, men, I’m a wimp). Not from the date, but, you know, having to figure it all out again. 😉 We already have our activities planned. So, single men and women, you really can “just do it.”
It’s just a date.