I went on a date two weeks ago. That might not seem news worthy to you, but those who know me are aware of what a big deal this was. I haven’t been on a date in . . . let’s just say awhile. Not because I’m not interested in dating, but the opportunity just hasn’t presented itself. You see, I don’t get approached very often by men. When I am approached, I’m usually approached by older gentlemen. And by older, I mean they’ve been proud card carrying members of AARP for at least 15 years–and that’s not usually the median. Hey, I’m not knocking that. My daddy was an AARP member before he passed. But that’s just the thing. I don’t have the Daddy issues that would allow me to feel comfortable going out with one of these Sugar Daddies. Well I hope they would intend to be a Sugar Daddy coming at me with that. But anyway! I’m getting off topic. Back to the date. So I was minding my own business at the gas station when a nice looking gentlemen drove up and complimented my leggings. I didn’t think anything of it. I smiled and said, “Thank you.” He continued to compliment me and then asked for my number. I was caught completely off guard, but I acquiesced and gave my number. He called just a few hours later and asked me out that night. I didn’t know whether to be flattered or concerned. (I told you it’s been a while). But I agreed. Again, those that know me are aware of what a huge deal this is. As a matter of fact, my god sis and a couple of my friends were quite amazed at my revelation. Now I wasn’t quite like Prince Akeem proclaiming to the young girls on the stoop that I have a date with Lisa, but I was excited by the idea of a man being nice to me, taking me out, and showing me a good time.
I’m not one of those who get swept up in the rapture of imagination. One date did not a love match make for me. So I’m saying my expectations were in check. Let’s just go out and see how it goes. Talking with him on the phone held promise, so I figured odds were good that I would have a good time. After all, positive thoughts usually yield positive results, right? Well, let me just say, positively thinking for the best did not a successful date make. It was a disaster! I felt like a piece of meat on the chop block for the most carnivorous of carnivores. He kept referring to how sexy I am. Now, don’t get me wrong. A compliment can be very nice. And I’ll admit that as a woman, yes I want to be seen as attractive by the opposite sex. But there is a point where one can go too far and the compliment doesn’t seem that . . . well, complimenting. The guy went past that point. It went downhill when after dinner he proclaimed, “Well since we didn’t order dessert, that means you’ll have to be dessert.” Bruh! No. Just no. We went to a movie after dinner and he basically assaulted my mouth the entire time. Think Charlotte from the “No Ifs, Ands or Butts” episode of Sex and the City when she dated the bad kisser and proclaimed, “He raped my chin!” While he didn’t rape my chin, he did ram his tongue down my throat, and kept ramming said tongue down my throat. I think he thought it was sexy. It wasn’t though. I kept pulling away, but that only seemed to make him think it was meant for him to go harder. Again, it was horrible. Other horrible mentions for the night included him proclaiming to me that he was keeping me for the night. For the record, he wasn’t nor did he. He also asked me what he was going to do when he introduced me to his mama’nem. Yeah again, No. Just no. He also looked down at my feet and called telling me “Looks like I”m going to be sucking on some toes tonight” a compliment. Again, I just have to say that it was bad. Now, I’m not knocking anyone who thinks any of this was good. But for me, this was not good. None of it was good. I couldn’t wait to get in my car and drive away.
Of course, my girlfriends all got a wonderful hearty laugh at my expense. My god sis actually just stopped bringing it up. Aside from that, this little story here isn’t really about the guy or the bad date. I’m someone who approaches everything in life from a “What’s in this for me?” stand point. I believe there’s always a lesson that can be learned if we pay enough attention. While I wholeheartedly believe the date was horrible, I have to say I did get a lesson. I learned that it’s time for me to stop playing small when it comes to the opposite sex. I’ve been so focused on being Mommy and getting my ducks in a row for myself that I have been closed off from men. My god sis is always telling me that men look at me but I never seem to notice. I’ve been unintentionally sending off invisible smoke signals that indicate to men to keep on walking.
The other thing I learned is that I’m uncomfortable with being seen by men. Before it became pervy, I was taken aback by the compliments guy was giving me because it just doesn’t occur to me that I’m seen as attractive. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t have low self esteem where I’m looking like Little Quacker from Tom & Jerry, with a bag over my head proclaiming, “I’m so ugly.” But I do struggle with the idea that people see me as attractive–especially men. It’s a bit unnerving when people compliment me on my looks. I don’t know why, but it is. When I see an attractive man, I don’t even bother to show interest because my first thought is, “He’s probably not interested in me anyway.” So this experience taught me that it’s time for me to get comfortable receiving. I need to get comfortable receiving time, attention, compliments, and genuine interest. I’m so accustomed to giving. I will give beyond what I am able because giving just feels natural to me. I will give until it doesn’t feel good to give anymore. And what do I do then? I give some more. My scales of balance are off. It’s time to get them back in balance. So I guess I can’t say the date was all bad. Well, yeah I can, but at least I can also say something good came out of it for me.