Monday, February 23, 2009

Open the Door to Your ... Mystery Date



Did you have this "far-out" board game when you were little? I didn't own it, but I played it many times at friends' houses.

I remember that you had to get a complete set of "outfit" cards before you could open the door to see who came calling for you: the bowler, skier, tennis guy, the 1960s version of the grunge guy, cruelly called "The Dud," and most coveted of all, the dreamy Prom Date in a white jacket who was probably a political conservative.

I kind of had a similar experience Saturday night when my daughter's date arrived to pick her up. We had never met this young man before, so although he was no mystery to Kristin, he was to us.

Big sigh of relief: Mystery Date boy was not "The Dud." In fact, I have to say that this young man was very, very polite and made a great first impression on us, although they are supposedly only friends. He brought her a wrist corsage. Very sweet.

Here she is by herself because I didn't feel right about posting Mystery Date's pic here. I'm only allowed to embarrass my own children on this blog.

Kristin is actually a very petite (about 5'2"), slim girl, but ever since we got our new computer, the pictures seem to be turning out stretched horizontally somehow, so she actually looked a little different from this pic. Not that she looks bad here, but it just doesn't really look so much like her. It may show up this way on my monitor only, though, I don't know. Anyway, she was a cutie pie. A very cold cutie pie, as winter decided to come back on Saturday like Rocky in the ring. It was a treacherous, snowy day not conducive to fancy dances.

And what's a mother to do when all of the dresses are short like this with spaghetti straps, or floor-length with spaghetti straps. She didn't want to be the only one in a formal, since this isn't prom. She couldn't wear jeans or leggings under and then take them off at the restaurant, put them back on to travel to the dance and then remove them again. And I sure as heck wouldn't send a blanket! She just said, "Mom, I'll deal with it." So she put on a parka with a fur-lined hood and ran for the car.



It is emotionally difficult when your baby passes the "first date" milestone. I'm so proud of the young woman she is becoming, but I miss my little girl--in fact, I could've sworn that Saturday night, Mystery Date drove away with this little person sitting in the passenger seat.



PS: The date reportedly went just fine. But some details are just too sacred to blog about!

44 comments:

Brenda Susan said...

What a sweet post! Your daughter is lucky to have such a wonderful mom who so obviously is crazy about her!

Rach@In His Hands said...

Ha! I had a game like that when I was young....I think it was called "Dream Date". BIG at slumber parties. BIG.

What a beauty - so glad that her date went well and that she stayed warm! It was freezing this weekend!

My ADHD Me said...

She WAS and IS SO CUTE!!!

I used to play Mystery Date at a friends house too. I thought it was the coolest game there was! That and Mouse Trap (which was more fun to set up than to play).

Leslie said...

How fun is that!!!! Glad it went well! :)

Pam Warden Art said...

She is stunning...Love her baby pics too. What a precious post. Glad it went well.
Blessings,
Pam

Melanie @ This Ain't New York said...

She looks lovely! Fabulous shoes!

Renna said...

I think it's just your monitor, Linda, 'cause she doesn't look stretched out AT ALL. She is absolutely gorgeous!

Mr.Mystery Date Boy should be arrested, though, for driving your baby off and not in a carseat! ;-)

The Dental Maven said...

I totally lack the ability to deal with milestones without huge emotion. You GO GIRL!

Fiddledeedee said...

I fear that when this scene plays out in our home in about 7 or 20 years, it will include a crazed shotgun toting father.

You handled this moment with grace, my dear. And your girl is just beautiful!

Robin @ Be Still and Know said...

Those milestone moments sneak up on you, don't they!!

Thanks for sharing this sweet moment, and yes I played that game with my friends when I was younger. Oh the sweet memories of sleepovers and giggling with friends about falling in love, getting married and other silliness...

Blessings
Robin

mtnest423 said...

Your daughter looks beautiful!

Your post makes me really miss that time in my own daughter's life. We visited her this past weekend. She's begun seeing someone, but is not at the point where she is ready to introduce him to us. (Or us to him!)

I miss the days when we met the guy before she went out with him!

Dena said...

Linda, Kristen is absolutely gorgeous and her dress is so beautiful! Did you find it a challenge to find an "appropriate" dress for a teenage girl? That was always a struggle for us. I miss the days of seeing my girls all dressed up like that. So pretty! I'm glad to hear all went well.

beckyjomama said...

What a beautiful girl!!! Hope all of your spy gadgets worked out OK. You crack me up!

PS - soooo not looking forward to the dating days. Hubbs is praying Jesus comes back before then!

lmerie said...

So pretty for her first date! How fun! I have boys, I wonder what it is like for the mom when her son has his first date? hmmm . . .

Mel said...

what a beautiful daughter you have!! And it sounds like things were just fine. I was hanging on to the edge of my seat though wondering if it was the dud :)

sara said...

what a beautiful dress! She looks gorgeous!!!

ahhh...the milestones......very bitter sweet!!!

Stacy said...

She is so pretty!

I felt a little tug at my heart when I saw the baby photos though. I signed my little girl up for Kindergarten this weekend and I know how quickly the years are going by. Pretty soon, I'll be sending her off on her first date...

Debbie said...

I had forgotten about that game! I love it when you jog my memory.
She looks so beautiful.

Susanne said...

She looks beautiful and her dress is lovely! Neither stretched out at all. And Mom made it through the experience to blog about it! Sigh, them milestones get one everytime don't they?

Mocha with Linda said...

She's a doll, then and now.

I would be in a heap on the floor.

How did Jorge handle it?

Patrice said...

Awwww, the first date!! How sweet, and she is so beautiful!

Merrie said...

ahhh yes! Such sweet innocence and beauty. The strings our children pull that are attached to our hearts sure go deep!
You are such a good mom and so understanding. Do they KNOW how blessed they are to have you as "mom"??? Well, you can tell them from me that they are blessed.

Debbie @Like a Rose said...

Kristin looks beautiful - no surprise there though.

I wanted that Mystery Date game but had to settle for playing it at friend's houses too.

The Bayou Belles and Their Beau said...

First of all, thanks for making me tear up with those last pics. There's just something about those little girls that just make us weak.

Second, I'm way too young to remember "Mystery Date." Although, I think I may remember my mom talking about it. (wink)

And, third, the dress and the girl = gorgeous.

Rachel said...

She looks wonderful and it sounds like she had a great time with a sweet young man. Good job for keeping it together, Mom! :)

skoots1mom said...

oh, so sweet...so glad she had a good time.
we'll be going through this when prom comes around; however, we do know the gentleman who will be escorting her (they've been friends for years)...the girls enjoyed a "prom dress" swap this past weekend at the Baptist church...bring-one/get-one kind of thing, trying on, laughing, taking pics.
My neighbor, Linda, had MYSTERY DATE and i opened the door to the dud quite a few times :)...Linda was also my BARBIE buddy, my mom made the clothes and her mom bought the cool furniture, so we were constantly swapping and borrowing each other's things...fun times under the old oak tree in the back yard on a blanket!

Melissa said...

Oh my goodness she's beautiful and this is the sweetest post!! Love the baby pics.

Amy said...

I have an 8 year old girl now...please say that the growing up stuff is just rumors that only happen to a few little girls...I can't imagine my little girl standing at the door waiting for a boy to pick her up...just say it aint so.

Amy
www.allthingsaro.blogspot.com

Chatty Kelly said...

SWEET!!! You know this would have been the perfect event for a snuggie. Worth every bit of the $19.99. :-) Plus think how cool she'd have looked in her snuggie walking into the dance. All the other kids would be SO JEALOUS.

Glad the "Mystery date" was not the dud. Although I do see his arm in the picture. Ooooh. Cute arm. LOL

I don't remember this game, and only know about it through the Santa Clause 3 movie. I must be younger than you. OUCH! ;-)
bbb

Greg C said...

Those non blogging people just don't understand our need to spill out guts with our blogging buddies. Maybe one day they will get it. Great photo. I once had to change the names in a story I wrote about to protect the innocent.

Laurie Ann said...

I was born in 1970 so I'm not familiar with that game, LOL, but I'm so glad your daughter didn't get The Dud. She is beautiful, Linda! What a milestone that first date is. Did you have a four page application for him to fill out? We threatened to do this with Kristyn, hah hah. Alas, she threatened to only date guys who wouldn't past the muster, so that never came to fruition and all but one of her dates were great guys.

Garden Girl said...

How sweet! I just love the whole outfit, especially the silver shoes. Awww. What a cutie pie!
Have you and Jorge watched Father of the Bride with Steve Martin yet? I suggest you do, just so you know what is REALLY coming...
Thanks for the memories of Mystery Date and sharing this so special time with your precious daughter.

Roxanne Kristina said...

You always lift my spirits! Thank you. Have been taking turns sharing the flu bug at our home. I think we are bout done with that. Trying to get back into swing of things. Hope you and yours are staying healthy.

Blessings,
Roxx

Shannon said...

That commercial was SO FUNNY!

You're daughter looked beautiful...in all the pics! It almost made me cry. I have one daughter, 2 boys, and I became extremely agitated (tried not to let her see this) when she came home on valentines day with a heart necklace from a boy in her class. She was embarassed about it, she's only 11, but my mind got to racin' and I'm not ready for this stuff!!!

Jenny said...

sweet post, I am glad your daughter had a good first date.

Smelling Coffee said...

She is a cutie pie! Both back then, and now. We girls will always suffer for fashion's sake.

PS: I LOVED the Mystery Date game. What a fun memory jogger.

Faith said...

She is gorgeous! (and oh so cute when a baby). Just wondering: how old is she? my hubby and I are trying to decide what the "right" age is for our 15 year old to officially date. She only does group things currently. Her Winter Ball last year was done with a whole bunch of her girlfriends from school who happen to also be some of her youth group friends. Just curious..I like to get other Christian moms opinions!

2nd Cup of Coffee said...

Faith, she was 16 in November. Personally, I think the decision should be based on the maturity level of the child, but generally, 16 seems to be the most popular age to allow them to begin dating that I have noticed.

Jules from "The Roost" said...

She is so pretty!!!

Sherri said...

It is a sweet time, isn't it? My 4th child is 15 1/2, as she frequently points out to me. She can't wait until she turns 16!

And as for "Mystery Date", my sister had that game and I played it over and over again. I don't think the new version has you put together the whole outfit like the old one did.

Have a great day!

sherri

Kim said...

Ooooo, memories! I had that game and remember the oh, so cool clothes cards :-)
The whole letting-your-kids-date thing is one of the toughest parts of parenting. I remember an interview with Mel Gibson whose oldest daughter had just started dating and he said he wanted to dress up in his Braveheart outfit and meet the boy at the door with sword in hand. LOL Every dad's dream!

Tammy said...

So sweet and she is just beautiful!

I dread all these events...since my princess is only 7. We've already had to discuss "friend boys" vs. "boy friends". Because there is a difference....well, in my mind. :-)

Roxanne said...

She is gorgeous. I'm surprised her Daddy actually let her out of the house. Blessings on all of you.

Cindy-Still His Girl said...

She is so beautiful. I always wanted that dark hair. If I were her classmate, I would be very jealous of her gorgeousness. (Real word.)