I was really looking forward to my Festibond date with Jenna. Time alone with Jenna is always precious, as she usually prefers to be by herself, and doesn’t easily share her thoughts. Alone, she usually opens up more. I get a great deal out of our one-on-one time, and treasure every opportunity to spend it with her. We planned to go bowling, then to lunch.
Bowling at Bayside Bowl is always good. Jenna got a root beer, and I got an Allagash Black (heaven). She did a great job keeping her ball off the bumpers and hitting the pins. I wasn’t really feeling it. Blame it on the house ball and holes that are never the proper size. It was fun to get hugs and high-fives from Jenna, and to see her big smile.
From the bowling alley we drove across Portland and parked at my garage across the street from my office. It was bitterly cold out, but I barely noticed as Jenna and I held hands and talked all the way to the restaurant. She wanted to go to The Merry Table Crêperie on Wharf Street, a favorite. Since leaving the bowling alley, she would not speak English to me, so I tried my best to understand her. I think her French teacher would be impressed at her comprehension and accent. I know I was.
When we arrived at the crêperie we were quickly seated at a small table near the front windows, which was nice. I ordered a bottle of Etienne Dupont Cidre Bouché Brut de Normandie, which was very tasty. Jenna got apple juice. For our main course Jenna ordered the Jambon Fromage crepe. I had the special: Mexican crepe. It was really just a crepe stuffed with shrimp and lobster meat with a dollop of guacamole and sour cream on the side. For dessert I got a sucre crepe and Jenna got the banane et Nutella. The waitress spoke only French to us, which Jenna appreciated.
It wasn’t until about midway through our meal than Jenna finally started to open up in conversation, which I expected and greatly appreciated. We talked about school, Kirsten’s health, and the importance of keeping our relationship strong. She’s so sweet, thoughtful, and smart.
We held hands as we walked down Commercial Street back to the parking garage, continuing the conversation along the way. I had a great time with Jenna. There has been a noticeable positive difference in our relationship since our Festibond date. We should do things together more often, I think.