Maybe This is the Wine Talking

This won’t come as a shock to anyone who has known me for more than 30 seconds, but I was pretty late to the game when it comes to the dating thing. Girls who sweat Commander Riker on Star Trek: The Next Generation were not really prom queen material at SHP. My high school (and let’s be honest: most of college) days were spent nursing crushes on my guy friends while being the funny sidekick. I was Duckie.

Consequently, I’m remarkably naive – some may even say clueless – when it comes to flirting, dating and dealing with the opposite sex. I’m honest to the point of freaking people out and I am missing the “play it cool” gene. Mama has no game, kids.

“Why do you want to walk me to the restaurant? Do you think I can’t find it myself?”

“Why do you want my number? We just sat here and talked baseball. What, you want to call me later?”

When a guy chats me up I immediately look for the bucket of pig’s blood in the rafters and wonder, “Maybe he needs me to tutor him in French” or “Maybe this is a dare like in She’s All That” and then I remember I GRADUATED FROM HIGH SCHOOL ALREADY and my life is not a Freddie Prinze Jr movie. It may seem like I’m remarkably cynical, but I’m actually insanely trusting to the point where I get hurt repeatedly. At the very least, I’m always shocked when someone behaves in a less-than-honorable way. And I definitely don’t get how someone could be so mean to another person after declarations of love and the desire to share a life together.

I’m not really sure where I’m going with all of this. It’s just been a weird month or so of extremes among my friends and family: beautiful weddings and joyful pregnancy announcements or horrible heart-wrenching break ups. It has all made me reflect on relationships and love and all the stuff we go through. It’s a miracle anyone ever gets together, really.

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2 thoughts on “Maybe This is the Wine Talking

  1. A: Being open-hearted is a Good Thing.

    B: Being hurt is painful – natch.

    C: problem: walking into punches is pretty much insanity, but A+B pretty much leads to that.

    theory: it is possible to improve your ability to recognize the wind-up so that you can duck out of the way of the punch, at least sometimes. but the only way to do it is to practice.

    conclusion: take a shot of vodka and get into the ring, girl! practice makes better!!!

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