Ok, It’s been a little time since I’ve been on one but lying in bed I was struck by one of the hidden truths behind this activity. Some of you may have guessed that I’m not a natural smoothy, and the business of smiling uncertainly at people you’re hoping to get to know , conversations about the fillet of beef, why you’re so succesful or were it all went wrong are not all that appealing. However, like us all, the desire to be loved for what you are, the pleasure in sharing and amazing experience of enjoying a cup of tea without actually having to put the kettle on yourself are all powerful attractions to “get out there” and see if there is anyone odd enough to take you on.
We’ve gone through the email thing, laid out the basic facts of your life and shared your secret love for old films or whatever and finally it’s time to meet. I’m saying this from the male perspective of course: the female perspective remains clouded in mystery to me but there you are. Anyway, you finally meet, everything is lovely and the girl looks beautifully groomed. In my case, she may have to overlook, I am told by my partner, that my shirt is slightly frayed and is not a good match for my trousers.
She on the other hand is looking most impressive: hair freshly washed and combed, make up expertly applied, more than adequate dressing skills with a hint of perfume from somewhere. She looks beautiful. It clearly took some time to put all this together, and that is marvellous of course and can stem from several motives. But the most important fact is, if you get through all the nonsense of getting to know each other and finally settle down in domestic harmony all that care and attention to her appearance will come back to hit you. She did it for you, and she does it for everything so that “just going out” can take longer than you thought possible. In the time it takes to wash and blow dry my partners hair I could have produced a small roast dinner. It is a minor fact, but nevertheless, one which continues to amaze me after all this time. It’s more than worth the wait but the ritual of preparation is sometimes hard to grasp for Mr NofrillsMan.