Although I have taken myself off “online dating” sites, it doesn’t relieve me of interactions with past “dudes” I have had encounters with. I am happy to say that currently, I am “taking it slow” with someone in hopes of it possibly working out to “happily ever after” but figure that it shouldn’t stop my D&D stories. It actually makes me appreciate the “just taking it slow” process quite a bit more. Usually at the end of typing out a beautiful story for you to read, I end up thinking “man, I’m thankful that I am not dealing with any of the currently”.
I would never have written about Steve (I honestly can’t even remember if that’s his name). He wasn’t anything too exciting in the way of lame material to blog about. Nice guy. No real red flags or weird issues. And honestly we both had pretty much admitted that there was no dating interest there, but enjoyed having a few drinks after work from time to time. We usually ended up comparing stories about online dating interactions. I would almost feel worse after his stories because I would see the crazy women he would get messages from and think “ok, I know I am way more normal than this and yet, I’m not having any luck on here”. I am proud to say I never contemplated mimicking any of the pics he showed me of women such as the lady laid out across her bed in fuzzy Hello Kitty pajama pants and a tank top making a kiss face. But it doesn’t mean I didn’t wonder what the heck was going on.
Steve and I lost touch. I hope it wasn’t because of the girl I saw him out with one night in the 80’s shirt and feather bangs. But, I guess if she swept him off his feet, then congrats to him. I was irritated that we lost touch at first because I wasn’t even trying to date him. I was simply a nice person being nice to someone who had just moved here. We were not exchanging jokes via text anymore. I was being ignored for whatever reason and I was not happy about it. That’s just rude. But, I also know you can’t chase. And I wouldn’t want to whip out my crazy chasing card on someone I knew I would never date anyway :)
HOWEVER, it does not matter what status you were with a guy, there are certain moments that just don’t help your cause and create small mortifications in a woman’s life.
One of those moments is when you have tried to be “Miss Cool”, you quit talking to/seeing someone and then they catch you at a stop light with your windows down, music up, making sweet sweet love to a Krispy Kreme donut. Especially when you’re already a “thick” girl. There I was, treating myself to a donut (just one I swear). One of my favorite songs was on the radio. The sunroof was open. The windows were down. I was eating that donut like I just got out of prison. And I hear someone say “hey you”. I look over, sugar frosting all over my mouth, to see Steve. Greeeeaaaattttttttttt.
Wait! What the heck do I care? I don’t owe Steve anything. I don’t have to explain myself to him (or anybody). I am proud to be eating a donut dang it!
And then he says “hey girl, what you been up to?? Do you still workout at that one gym you were going to? What was the name of it?”. Really? Do you think you’re cute Steve (a 38 year old man with a jacked up mister truck that you need a step stool to get into)? Well, you’re not. And, that beard doesn’t look right on you either. I just wave and say “hey!” and quickly take off as soon as the light turns green. I get a text from him later that says “we should catch up sometime, it’s been a while. Maybe we could go for a walk”.
No. We should not catch up. You have ignored me for months. And no, I don’t wanna go on a walk with you. Why are you stalking me about exercise Steve? I want to eat a donut. And maybe another one after that.
Ok, so maybe Steve was just trying to have conversation. And of course I know he really isn’t too much of a dbag (even though the ignoring definitely didn’t help his cause). I mean I’ve dealt with worse. And maybe I know that the real issue here is my insecurity about being big and eating a donut and knowing I could make better eating choices. :)
But, knowing all of that, I also still know and am convicted in my belief that you should be who you are. And in the dating world (especially in the cruel dating world), you do not dare let some person you barely met online make you feel any less than amazing! The right guy will eat a donut with you. And if he wants you to be healthier and go for a walk, he will be smart about his approach and craft something like “hey babe, wanna go shopping at the mall” and get you to walk that way :)