Dona and Drew’s 6 Dating Rules

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Dona and Drew

Before I leave dating lessons learned from Dona, I’ll give a few dating rules:  Three lighthearted rules from Dona and three heavy rules from me.  Scoff if you want, but they worked toward our relationship.

Dona’s Dating Rule #1:  Never Date a Guy Who Owns a Van

A van could mean…

If you can’t figure that out, it’s probably best not to date at all.

The corollary for men is:  Keep your pants on and zipped.

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I drove a Nova.

Drew’s Dating Rule #1:  Only Date Someone You’d Marry

This rule has a double edge.

First:  Dating is for marriage… eventually.  If you are dating for some other reason… well, we know what it is and I refer you back to Dona’s #1 Dating Rule.

Sound prudish?  America could use a little prudery.

Second:  Character is key.

Let’s work this backwards.  You marry the person you fell in love with.  You fell in love with one of the persons you dated.  You dated the persons you chose.

I’m not saying you have to decide marriage before you even go out.  I mean, give the guy or gal a chance.  But be smart.  Why date someone you know doesn’t have the kind of character traits you’d want to marry?

Another thing:  In selecting who to date, leave physical aspects a distant second.

It doesn’t matter whether a person looks like a model or not.  It doesn’t matter if their skin is yellow, red, black, white, or polka dot.  The physical is most times out of their control and can change easily.  With age, it changes inevitably.

Character doesn’t change, at least not without divine help.  Don’t deceive yourself that you can change them.  Leave that to Jesus.

If you date shallow people, you’ll marry a shallow person.  If you date a lush, you’ll marry a lush.  If you date kind and upright people, you’ll marry the same.

This isn’t rocket science, people.  It’s human nature.  Sow only where you want to reap.

Dona’s Dating Rule #2:  Never Date a Guy Who Has Fuzzy Dice Hanging from His Rearview Mirror

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I mean, really, what do fuzzy dice communicate?

The guy’s a player.  He wants action and isn’t afraid to broadcast it.

At least this was the message in the 80’s.

To Dona, dice were a symbol of someone trying to prove something.  A man – or a lady – needs courage to be who they are without a big show.

The reverse is advisable, too.  Don’t try to make your date to be someone they aren’t.  Relationships are difficult enough without requiring acting ability.

Drew’s Dating Rule #2:  Only Date Someone Heading in the Same Direction

I’m not talking about road directions.  I’m talking about values.

My Dating Rule #1 is about who someone is at the moment.  Dating Rule #2 is about who they’re becoming.  No one stays the same.  We either progress or decay in our values.

The two of you don’t have to like exactly the same things, though a few common interests are nice.  But if your values differ, this is a problem.

What values am I talking about?

Whatever it is you value.

Is your deal to make as much money as possible?  Then date the driven.  Be warned:  They’ll run out when the money does.

Do you strive for position and status?  Watch Downton Abbey and date only those upward in society.  Be warned:  They may not want you since they’re crawling up the ladder themselves.  Don’t be a rung.

Do you want a family life?  Don’t date a person dead set against kids.  This disagreement leads to heartache.

Do you prioritize charity?  Date only one who prioritizes this as well.

Is your life dedicated to emulating that Man who rose from the dead?  Then date only a person so dedicated.

If the two of you pull apart, you’ll be pulled into parts.

Conversely, if the two of you are working toward the same goal, you’ll come closer together.

Dona’s Dating Rule #3:  Always Carry a Quarter for a Phone Call

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Update this to:  Carry a fully charged cell phone and never end up somewhere with no service.

An auxiliary is:  Don’t date until you know how to drive.  This goes for girls, too.  If things are getting out of hand, I instruct my daughters to say, “You’ll be giving me your keys now.  You can pick them up along with your car tomorrow morning from my father.”

But the other dating rules are trying to prevent these situations.

Drew’s Dating Rule #3:  Work on Being the Best You Whether Single or Not

Let me tell you:  You may not always be married.  You may never get married.

But don’t be desperate.

Use your time, whether in a relationship or not, to work on being your best ‘you’.  Be your own hero.

‘You’ are not completed by another.  If you must have someone, then you’ll put unbearable expectations on your mate.  And they’ll probably be the same.  It will be a relationship of two leeches, sucking the life out of each other.

‘You’ would do better searching for the One who can complete you.

There they are:  Dating rules.  I wish you the happiness Dona and I had.

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  1. Amanda Turner April 2, 2014 #

    Drew my goodness you are wonderful. I grew up with no training at all, just reacting and eating to comfort myself. No one to talk things over with. No one interested in me. No not even my parents. They had their own agendas and didn’t know the Lord. As far as I remember they were not interested in him either. I found Overeaters Anonymous and began to slowly grow up and lose some of my fear. Then I became interested in the things of the spirit. I found the Lord and asked him to come into my heart and live and I have been more hopeful than I have ever been. I appreciate your dating rules and you are so right about being desperate, the fuzzy dice, and the eventual changes we all will face. The values too. I used to have some of those dice. I tried so hard to put forth an image that I didn’t even get to know myself until I was in my 40’s. I am just really getting to know myself now that I am in the word and getting to know my God and my saviour. Thanks again for sharing. I appreciate your words of wisdom.

    • Drew Ellenwood April 3, 2014 #

      Thank you, Amanda, for sharing your story. As you know now, Jesus was interested all the time and still is. It’s good to know that He brings us through. We know it, then we experience it and know it all again deeper. Thanks for reading.

  2. Matt April 2, 2014 #

    Good advice. And aren’t you glad I don’t have a van anymore?

    • Drew Ellenwood April 3, 2014 #

      Absolutely, Matt! Of course, now you’re married. That’s another thing entire.

  3. Kimberly April 3, 2014 #

    These rules sound a lot like the ones my mother had for me. We also told our kids they were not allowed to date until they could drive. You have to be able to drive yourself out of a bad situation.

    • Drew Ellenwood April 4, 2014 #

      Exactly, Kimberly! You gotta watch what you’re getting into.

  4. Meredith April 16, 2014 #

    Good tips! Loved the blog

  5. Jolene Barker May 8, 2014 #

    These Rules are AWESOME!! Thank you for taking the time to insert this nugget of wisdom into our culture of “if it feels good DO IT ALL!!!”. May many people catch this vision before it’s too late. Someone posted your blog on Facebook, and I’m about to re-post! Good, good stuff.

    • Drew Ellenwood May 8, 2014 #

      Thanks for your comment Jolene. To really feel good in the long run, you’ve got to watch your step. Problem is as a human I don’t like long run, but I don’t like bad consequences either. That’s why I need a higher wisdom, a keener eyesight. Thanks for reading.


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