Recently, the President and First Lady reminisced about their very first date. Apparently, the first couple spent a blissful day strolling through the park, getting a little culture at the Art Institute of Chicago, and taking in Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing. As Mrs. Obama explained, President Obama showed he was “hip, cutting edge, cultural, and sensitive.” And from the looks of things, they are still just as enamored with each other as they were that first day.

Hearing the Obamas wax poetic about their first date made me think of a few of my own. One of my best first dates was also one of the simplest.

After I’d moved to New York, I met up with a guy and we walked around Central Park all afternoon, checking out its ponds and sunning ourselves on its large rocks. Once we got our fill of the park, we set out for Brooklyn, hoping to get a slice of Junior’s famed cheesecake. Unfortunately, we were both new to the city and got lost, ending up in Queens instead. Although it could have been completely frustrating, getting lost gave us ample time to talk, see corners of the city we would have missed, and spend the entire day together. Our date was by no means fancy or expensive, but it was fun.

How about you? What was the best first date you’ve ever been on? 

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  • Stanley

    I like these comments.

  • Arcy

    I was happy to see that someone else (Nicole) goes on a walking dates! Walking provides an excellent opportunity for talking because you can discuss what you observe along the way, and can also be a little spontaneous–if you pass a karaoke place, why not go in and sing a song together? I also like doing physical activities on dates like going to a rock climbing gym or playing basketball, and maybe getting a bite to eat afterwards.

  • Enjoyed reading your blog. I think that it’s also important to understand your first date’s early childhood experience(s) in evaluating his/her potential for developing successful/healthy dating relationship. Thanks for reading this.