Dating Diaries: I Fell Down And Into The Arms Of My Beau – Jennifer’s story

Jennifer is a 3o-year-old  health-care practitioner. She describes her style as “classic” and says “I’ve been told I’m articulate, very friendly, and a little bit quirky.” Jen says that until she met Norman she had never found a “good match.” She says “I was never looking for perfection, but someone who I connected with on all levels, who was kind and affectionate and funny, and willing to love my dog, and who wanted what I wanted: to be in a committed relationship.

I took my ill-mannered and sassy 11-year-old dog for a walk through Festac and walking along saw an eatery, and as I was hungry by this time, I made to get in there,  my dog ran ahead of me and the leash got tangled around someone’s legs; in my effort to untangle her I clumsily tripped and fell forward. Embarrassed, I wiped myself off and sat down outside with my dog.

I ordered chicken and chips, and then the man, who was caught in my dog’s leash invited himself to sit down with me. It worked for me, because I like a confident man. He was British, handsome, well-dressed and extremely charming, but I somehow didn’t find him arrogant. His name was Norman. He laughed and expressed genuine concern about my fall, then teasingly asked to do a full-body scan looking for scrapes. I had actually scraped my hand and my knee, but didn’t care as much by then.

The flirty banter was amazing. I felt important and interesting talking to him because he gave me his full attention and genuinely tried to get to know me by asking questions. We smiled a lot and talked a lot, and when he very boldly complimented me with: ‘Can I say, you’re absolutely stunning,’ my heart melted.

We then talked about my dog, where we live in the city, what we do for work, travel, university, and our families. I enjoyed his company on the sunny patio for over two hours, but I still wasn’t there as long as I would have liked to be – I had to leave to meet a neighbour at my apartment. During our serendipitous “first date,” I consumed nearly a whole bottle of malt with my delicious chicken and chips, right in front of Norman; I thought he’d be disgusted with me, but he didn’t mind. He really did everything right: he was silly and warm-hearted, and he keenly asked when we could see each other again, in a cheeky British way. When I suggested a day later that week, he said three days was too far away.

On our second date, he came bearing gifts, small things I had raved about the first time we met. Over wine and shared apps and entrées, I started feeling really connected to him. That feeling has lasted. He’s 35; I’m 30. I waited a long time — and dated all of Lagos! — to find this kind of quality. He’s it.

Culled from http://www.thestar.com/life/2014/11/08/dating_diaries_jennifer_and_norman.html

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