15 years ago today, I had my first date with Mike Moody. I had been looking forward to an evening with him and scared as hell, too. It was on a Sunday. We went to the Ponderosa Tavern even though I was only 20 at the time and he was 30. He told the bartender not to give me a hard time for not having my ID on me because I was going to be "the next Mrs. Moody". He even had the courage to tell me he told her that and asked me if that bothered me. I remember smiling at him, blushing, and admitting that it didn't bother me at all. We shared a pitcher of beer (probably Bud Light) and talked all night. Mike was razzed by a bunch of his friends about our date and we came to find that we had several mutual friends, too. That made things easy so that there wasn't a whole lot of awkwardness in meeting everyone. His sister was there too. We stayed until we felt we'd talked all that we could for the night before a work day (plus we'd been getting to know each other for the past two days always up until 6AM - this just happened to be our "official" date). When we arrived at his house, he walked me to my car and we both said that we had a great time and we'd like to see each other again. Then Mike said, "Would it be alright if I kissed you?" Melt. Of course. It was gentle and passionate and absolutely forever unforgettable.
Ironically, I had been reading a book last night when one of the main characters said the same exact thing...I smiled and started to cry. When Mike and I were together that first night, everything about it was fun, exciting, new, and romantic. For crying out loud, what he said to me 15 years ago, just so happened to be in a book that's 3 years old!
Happy Anniversary Mr. Michael Moody
Mrs. Michael Moody