Socially Distant Date Ideas
Claire Miles - June 22, 2020

In the Morning of Life

by Thomas Moore

In the morning of life, when its cares are unknown,
And its pleasures in all their new lustre begin,
When we live in a bright-beaming world of our own,
And the light that surrounds us is all from within;
Oh 'tis not, believe me, in that happy time
We can love, as in hours of less transport we may; —
Of our smiles, of our hopes, 'tis the gay sunny prime,
But affection is truest when these fade away.

When we see the first glory of youth pass us by,
Like a leaf on the stream that will never return,
When our cup, which had sparkled with pleasure so high,
First tastes of the other, the dark-flowing urn;
Then, then in the time when affection holds sway
With a depth and a tenderness joy never knew;
Love, nursed among pleasures, is faithless as they,
But the love born of Sorrow, like Sorrow, is true.

In climes full of sunshine, though splendid the flowers,
Their sighs have no freshness, their odour no worth;
\‘Tis the cloud and the mist of our own Isle of showers
That call the rich spirit of fragrancy forth.
So it is not \‘mid splendour, prosperity, mirth,
That the depth of Love's generous spirit appears;
To the sunshine of smiles it may first owe its birth,
But the soul of its sweetness is drawn out by tears.

While just a few months ago, a first date was likely to be spent at a trendy bar or at a happening concert, possibly holding hands and getting close, things aren’t exactly the same in the dating world right now, to say the least. In fact, they aren’t exactly the same in the entire world right now. But that surely doesn’t mean that romance can’t exist and that you can’t have an exciting dating life while staying safe.  There is no shortage of cute things you can do on a first date that is within the rules of social distancing, meaning keeping at least 6 feet apart from others. Don’t worry, you don’t have to bring a measuring tape to your date – just be sure to keep a safe, comfortable distance about around two arm’s length. 


So what are these creative socially distant date ideas? What about a picnic? It’s both romantic, affordable, and easy. Just be sure that you both bring your own picnic blanket and basket of some treats.  Spread out all your goodies in your local park (or wherever is permitted), and you’ve got yourself an epic 2020 date. If you and your date are feeling adventurous, you should consider even having a bake-off, and then seeing the results once you actually meet up. 



A Drive-In movie theater is also a super cute and easy socially distant date idea. Even if you don’t have an official one in your area, you can always make your own! All you’ll need is a laptop, popcorn and to both stay in your cars. Make sure you’ve also got a strong enough hotspot to get you through the movie, and that you roll the windows down so you can still feel like you’re together. There are also tons of other things you can do together during this time, depending on your taste. What about an outdoor sweat session, such as a run together or a strength workout? A hike is also a no-fail active, dynamic, and stress-free date idea.