This weekend was a deviation from the norm. I would usually sit at home do some chores,some light reading, writing and in the evenings watch romcoms or sitcoms with a glass of wine or a pint.
I also have these months ahead really busy as I have exams in July, assignments due in June and a project to be completed by May/June as well. This is combined with fulltime job(with appraisals coming up)
Anyway, this weekend I went on a date!
You heard that right a date. My last horrifying date was sometime in 2015 with a person I knew for a while & who as it turned out , was ready to hump a chair or even a brick. So dates scare me, men scare me and relationships are my nemesis.
Back to this date, well he is someone I met online and we have one odd phone conversation a few months ago. Recently he was in my city and texted me to know if I can meet. I agreed to meet at Starbucks at 12 noon on Sunday.It was bright daylight, people around ,Starbucks so I was potentially safe!
With steel barrels rumbling in the pit of my stomach ,I took a taxi to meet him. At first look he was tall , bald with a backpack and suitcase in tow(no he wasn’t carrying bodies just clothes and it was checked at the high security Starbucks security checkpoint) . The Date actually started to seem less of a disaster.
The conversation was relatively easy as he kept it flowing.If it were up to me I would probably end up with weird conversation- well I have to say in my nervousness I did blurt some stupid stuff which may actually be unattractive. For example , I ordered Earl Grey Tea without milk . He asked if I take milk with the tea and I launched into the scintillating conversation of my work trip to Spain where i consumed milk for breakfast ,lunch and dinner and eventually got a bad “reaction” and lactose intolerance.
Thankfully, I used reaction and not diarrhea . Way to kill the moment that word!
I did not stop at this , In my nervousness (which initially killed appetite and was on empty stomach) my sugar dropped and my hands started to tremble a little. He noticed this and joked if my reaction was to his fascinating personality. I informed that its probably a sugar drop and rushed to get a packet for sugar to add to my tea and devoured it.
I did joke about being a medical marvel sometime later!
It seems he was fascinated by my amazing personality and charming conversational skills and couldn’t stop staring at my face and complemented on my wonderful skin and interesting face. So much so that he grabbed a piece of paper and pen from people sitting at Starbucks and actually.. I mean actually sketched my face right there!
First , I am not used to being looked at and second sitting in one pose for a sketch even for 5 minutes made me fidgety and self conscious. This was not something I have experienced .. ever.
An hour later, we took a taxi and dropped him at the bus terminus to return to Mumbai and I returned home. On my way back he texted
She spoke for an hour in her cutsey voice,
And after long I had reasons to rejoice,
For every word she spoke had happiness in it,
Even Happiness would be charmed by her passion and grit.