Sabal General Dentistry - February 2020

February 2020

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Rules of Dating How Many Dates Before the First Kiss?

There are a lot of cheesy love stories that start with a guy seeing a pretty girl across a crowded room,

DawnEtta had been planning to go back home to Northern Idaho, but she decided to move to a town near Salt Lake City so we could keep seeing each other. Halfway through the summer, DawnEtta told me that her paperwork to apply for Utah State — which was two hours away from Salt Lake City — had arrived and she needed to fill them out right away. Unless, of course, I could give her a reason why she shouldn’t go back to Utah State. She looked at me expectantly, and I knew I had to give her a good reason. A month and three weeks after our first date at Elite Hall, I drove us back out to the abandoned barn where we’d had our first kiss. I sang, recited poetry, then got down on one knee and I asked her to marry me. She said yes. We got married just a few months later, on Aug. 14, three months and two weeks after our first date. Needless to say, we didn’t waste any time. Last year, DawnEtta and I celebrated our 27th wedding anniversary. I’ve often told my kids that true love is when you want to spend every waking moment with another person. When all you want to do is call and hang out with someone, then it’s true love. That’s how I felt about DawnEtta from the first night we went dancing. She made my whole world brighter. We always had fun together, and I couldn’t imagine spending a single day without her. DawnEtta supported me as we both waited tables when I was working through dental school. She was with me when we moved to Omaha, Nebraska, where I finished dental school and cheered me on when I started my first practice in Idaho. Together we raised five kids and took in two foster kids. DawnEtta is an amazing mom, a loving wife, and my best friend in the world.

nudging his buddy, and saying, “I’m going to marry her.” These stories are nice enough, but that never happens in real life. I certainly didn’t see my future wife across a crowded room and know she was the one!

Instead, I saw DawnEtta across a parking lot.

DawnEtta and I met while we were attending Utah State University. She was studying to be a teacher, and I’d already been accepted to dental school. We happened to live in the same apartment complex, and I saw her for the first time in that lot, talking to some guy. After she left, I went over to the guy and asked two important questions: Were they dating and was she nice? No, they weren’t dating, and yes, she was very nice. That was enough for me to ask her out. Our first date was country dancing at Elite Hall, a dance hall in Utah. I know country swing and we danced all night. It was a wonderful time. For our second date, we went climbing in Logan Canyon. Strapped together in harnesses, we made our way across a precarious bridge 150 feet above the ground. We reached the middle of the bridge right as the sun was setting. For our third date, I knew I had to make it extra special. You can’t kiss until the third date, after all. We drove out to an abandoned barn on the west end of the valley where I played guitar and read mushy poetry. It was a very romantic evening. And yes, we did have our first kiss that night.

Once the summer started, I moved to Salt Lake City to work in construction before dental school started.

–Dr. Chad Thompson

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