It's a bit of an embarrassing admission, but as a kid, I was a HUGE country music fan. I grew up idolizing Garth Brooks. I even went through a rather cringeworthy phase in my early teens during which I'd wear the whole "cowboy" getup -- Wranglers, a Stetson, a large belt buckle, a Western shirt, and...
It's a bit of an embarrassing admission, but as a kid, I was a HUGE country music fan. I grew up idolizing Garth Brooks. I even went through a rather cringeworthy phase in my early teens during which I'd wear the whole "cowboy" getup -- Wranglers, a Stetson, a large belt buckle, a Western shirt, and cowboy boots. To this day, I still possess a ridiculous amount of knowledge about '90's country music. I know, I know. Stop swooning for just a moment. All of this to say, A.) it would appear I'm in a sharing mood today, but B.) and more relevantly: there's an old Garth Brooks song called "Learning to Live Again" that, hokey though it may seem, I somewhat relate to. I'm a single dad with a demanding job who has full custody of two incredible, loving, brilliant, hilarious children. I never anticipated being in this position, and when I imagine "dating," I imagine the storyline of the song: cutting myself shaving and burning my hand on the iron while getting ready to meet for a first date, having little idea what to say at times, and just generally feeling a bit terrified to be exploring this daunting world of "new relationships."
Assuming I don't inadvertently kill myself while preparing for said date, I would probably like to take a prospective match to dinner. I love going out to eat and having a good conversation. I'm not on here for a fling or to find a girlfriend of the month. I'm a bit of a hopeless romantic, and I'm holding out hope that I will find someone with whom I really connect -- someone who does not dismiss me out-of-hand for my station in life, and someone who has the ability to, should things reach a certain point, truly be a devoted partner. In my mind, there are few better ways to get to know each other than to sit facing each other at a table, and to hash through all of the awkward small talk, and work through the many exciting new discoveries of what might be something that lasts beyond that first, awkward date.
That sounds cheesy. I'll edit it later. :)