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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Our First Date a.k.a. The Day the Whirlwind Touched Down!

Sarah Loves Ed

Happy Valentine's Day!

In celebration of the day of love, I thought that I would share the story about Ed and my first date.

Before I embarrass myself, I thought that I'd share some Valentine's Day Facts that you might not be aware of.

Did you know that...

  • Around 150 million Valentine's Day cards are exchanged annually. This makes Valentine's Day the second most popular card-sending holiday after Christmas.

  • The origin behind the patron saint, "Saint Valentine" is a mystery. According to the Catholic Church he was martyred. Others believe that the day was created in an effort to "Christianize" the pagan celebration of Lupercalia.

  • Valentine's Day is celebrated in Canada, USA, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France and Australia.

  • People show their affections with the exchange of candy, flowers and gifts.


Sarah the Whirlwind
Back to our first date. If you ask me, it should have been our last, but Ed's a gluton for punishment.

It was right around Valentine's Day 2001 or as Ed calls it, "The Day the Whirlwind Touched Down".

In case there's any question, I'm the whirlwind he’s referring to.

It was a double date. I knew the woman and Ed knew her husband.

We started out with drinks and ended with them as well.

In between, we had a lovely dinner and Ed and I were having a great time.

Too great perhaps...

Our final stop, the Chateau Laurier. A lovely establishment, well rooted in history right beside Canada's Parliament Building. The 5-star qualities it exudes are apparently not shared by my girlfriend and I.

Shortly after arriving and a few turns on the dance floor, we were politely walked to the door. Being the gentlemen that they were, my friends husband and Ed came along for the ride.
It should be noted that we were the only ones dancing on the dance floor so perhaps everyone else knew something we didn't.

12 years later and this whirlwind is still going strong.

How do you Celebrate Valentine's Day?

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  1. This is great - we so easily forget those first moments. Glad to hear that you share an acceptance of being unacceptable!

  2. Wonderful memory.... glad you're still going strong!! Happy Valentines <3

  3. Very interesting post. Congratulations to you and Ed for being together for 12 years. Valentine's Day is becoming more popular in Jamaica. Thanks for becoming a Follower of my Blog. I am now a Follower of your Blog. Have a good weekend.

  4. Awwww I love that you shared your first date with us!! SO cute...hehe. And so glad to hear that you are still a "whirlwind" in his life ;) Hope it was a Happy Valentine's!!

  5. That drawing is so cute! Sounds like it was an awesome day, including the whirlwind! :) Following back.

  6. We do not celebrate Valentines day, it is always fun to hear how people start out, glad you hit it off and are still together! Happy Valentines Day.

  7. Hello ^^

    Thank you for the visit and follow ^^

    Sounds like you had a wonderful valentines celebrating with each other and lovely happy memories ^^

    Furita x

  8. Thanks for sharing -- it sounds it was quite memorable haha! We didn't do anything fancy for V-day, but spent it together, which was bliss.