Quite possibly the best moments I have had getting to know another person are the times we’ve spent while walking and talking. Of all the memories I have with friends, my husband, and the boys I used to know, the ones while talking on a walk are by far some of the sweetest ones.
The walking date is underrated. There’s never a preplanned topic of conversation when you find yourself on foot, and I find that the words exchanged from points A to B are often the most candid and heartfelt. With every step, my theory is, the soul opens up allowing us to become more confident sharers and willing listeners. Good weather or starry nights help kick up the romance factor too. There is nothing to get in the way of a conversation walking side by side, except for his hand on the small of your back to guide you or an unintentional brush up against the arm, but that’s not really a bad thing, is it? The walking date is all so innocent, so promising, and not too many embarrassing after effects.
It may be the romance I have for Woody Allen movies, all of that talking and walking, especially Isaac and Mary’s midnight dog walk accompanied by the sounds of George Gershwin in Manhattan. And though it ended with that sad post-it, didn’t you feel Carrie’s butterflies when she first met Berger and they walked through the city en route to his dry cleaner? The “Before Series” undoubtedly brought the walk and talk to a whole new level… who didn’t dream of the same kind of European rendezvous fresh out of college? And then again as an uncertain and burdened adult? And now as …. an older adult trying to feel things out again with your long time partner (or a new love)?
Do you have memories of your own great date walks? Are there fictional ones that resonate with you?
|Isaac and Mary getting to know each other. Manhattan via Google Images|
|Joe and Kathleen falling for each other. You’ve Got Mail|
|Perfect weather for a walk and a strawberry shake. Carrie and Berger SATC|
|The streets of Paris in 2004|
|Jesse and Celine did it best. Where it all started- Vienna 1995|