First Date Re-enactment

Another summer weekend, come and gone. How can it be the third week in June already?

A highlight of the past weekend had to be a quick trip up to Fulda for the Wood Duck Festival. Wood Duck Days, as we usually call it, has been a summer tradition for Hubby Bryan and I, as it was where we had our first date.

At the time, however, I didn’t know it was a date — not until about halfway through the evening. I thought we were just going up there to hang out as friends. I was having a blonde moment, because that wasn’t what Bryan had in mind at all.

It didn’t occur to me that Bryan had romantic intentions until he paid the bill at the Corral Supper Club. Then it was a lightbulb moment, and I have to admit I was horrified. Bryan was a nice guy, and kind of cute, but I thought of him as a buddy, not a boyfriend, and previous romantic declarations had been the death of friendships.

Well, eventually he wore me down, got me to think of something beyond friendship, and we’ve made a point of going up to Wood Duck Days to commemorate our first date ever since, although we’ve missed the last few years because we’ve been out of town.

On Saturday evening, we made it to Fulda just in time for the parade. Although it was a great parade all around, I have to give a special shoutout to the Spirit of Worthington Trojan Marching Band. What a fabulous performance! Made me very proud to be from Worthington.

After the parade, we went with friends Craig and Paula over to what is now known as Brian’s Supper Club, where we dined on burgers and drank a toast to the 22nd anniversary of our first date. (It took us a few minutes to calculate that number, but based on how many years we’ve been married, we think that must be right.)

Before heading home, we made a swing through the festival’s beer garden, where I was delighted to reconnect with some friends of my family who were in town to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Gunderman farm. All in all, it was a good evening, an opportunity to celebrate the specialness of this southwestern Minnesota community as well as our own personal milestone.