Ahhhh romance! Ahhh, the newness of meeting someone you might really like. Ahh, the lessons you learn when it doesn’t work out!!!! Why do we not catch on faster to the speedbumps lying in wait to tip over the relationship? Why do we overthink, overreact, but never overcome those redlights that are blinking madly at you through your rose colored glasses? Is it romance? Is it the courtship? Is it the budding realization that there really are sincere people in the world and they haven’t all gone attention-greedy mad?
I don’t know.
I’ve had my fair share of romance. A man once wrote me a song. Okay, it wasn’t the greatest song, it was more like a song that would have been on the Beverly Hillbillies Soundtrack, but it was written for me. And the man hired a band to play it and cut a few hundred copies of it for….I guess me.
Another man courted me with quotes from Shakespeare and Greek tragedy and unbelievable sex. We were electric. We were in sync. He begged me to be Penelope to his Odysseus. Of course, Odysseus had multiple affairs while Penelope waited patiently for him to grow up and come home. You know the story. And you can guess how mine ended.
The last romance I had was again, electric. This man was (in my mind) an intellectual without a degree. A man with a large Italian family but no home. A rebel with many causes. And he wrote poetry. Lovely, heartachingly beautiful poetry. A few he wrote for me. He was much younger (which bothered me greatly) and had HUGE emotional issues, but I believed that “love would overcome”. He didn’t. He believed in Sugar Mammas. The feminist side of me thought it okay. I mean come on, there are many women who get involved with older, rich guys so why shouldn’t a man? The problem was I was older, but not that rich. Okay, not rich at all. And the true part of me thought getting involved with another strictly for mercenary reasons quite crass. And so the story ended.
Here we go again.
I went out last weekend for the second time with a nice gentleman. Before yesterday, I thought of him as romantic, intelligent and a little spontaneous: all things I truly appreciate. He filled my emails with thoughts, book excerpts, poetry I should read, interesting stories and he sent me sweet texts throughout the week. (do you see a pattern here?) On our first date he drank more wine than I. On the second date, he moved on to Scotch. Not that it bothers me, Glenlivet is a dear friend of mine. But I noticed he was quite, let’s say, dependent on having a drink in front of him before he could converse with me. Am I that scary? Does my mere presence push men to drink? There I go overanalyzing again. But it’s one of those character flaws (or plusses) I own. Overanalyzing is my way of making sense of the whole relationship thing, heck, of the world! So I overanalyzed, then stopped and mentally berated myself for being so neurotic.
Then I got this text:
“Gayle, I heard this today and it made me think of you”
Attached was the the following video. Listen to the lyrics carefully.
I guess he does have a drinking problem. I guess he does think this is romantic (um….it’s not!) and I guess this is why I hate dating. I won’t be seeing him again.