I went on a date a couple of weeks ago.
Oh, stop. It's rude to look so shocked.
Nope, I'm not telling you who it was with. That would be too personal, and I try not to share anything personal on this blog.
So...it's an interesting thing, going on a date with somebody you don't really know. All day long I kept telling myself it was just dinner, and everybody has to eat. Then I would think about how embarrassed I would be if I got home and found spinach in my teeth, or enchilada sauce on my blouse.
That didn't happen, by the way.
I handled the day pretty well, but when I got off work I had two hours to kill. I didn't want to sit around making myself nervous, so I started to clean the house.
I had it completely spotless in an hour and a half.
Then I attempted to get cute...but not too cute. A girl never wants to look like she's trying too hard, but she doesn't want to look frumpy either.
It's kind of complicated.
I left my house...then decided I didn't want to be too early. But I didn't want to be late either.
I took the back road to the restaurant. It worked, I got there one minute early.
He was already there, and I was glad. Being there first would have looked desperate.
Hey, I may be a lot of things, but desperate isn't one of them.
I sat down and we started to chat. I was the picture of poise, I was a natural. I could do this thing.
Then out of the blue he asked me the most random question.
"Were you nervous about tonight?" he asked.
"Hmmm...." I responded. I was thinking fast. "Not really. It's just dinner and everybody has to eat, right? Why do you ask?"
"I had a friend whose neck used to get really red when she was nervous. And yours is really red right now."
Dang, I forgot about my traitorous neck!
"Yeah, well, okay, I may have been a tad nervous," I stammered. "But just because I've lived here for 30 years and I know somebody will see me and give me a hard time tomorrow."
We had a nice time, we did. And I may decide to try this date thing again sometime.
And if you see me, be sure to say hello.
I'll be the girl in the scarf.