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February 13, 2014
Karilyn Bentley: Cupid Comes Calling - Blind Date
By the time I hit grad school in my mid-twenties, I was single and tired of dating jerks. One morning I woke and decided enough was enough and there was nothing wrong with living the rest of my life by myself. I had friends, why did I need a man?
And that's when Cupid struck.
After an hour of bemoaning the latest dating mistake to one of my grad school buddies, she asked if I'd like to meet one of her friends. "He has long hair. You don't mind long hair, do you?" Of course not, all the better to run my hands through. <g>
She picked a day for a double date with her then-fiance and invited us over to her house. She presented this as it was to me, a blind date. However, to my potential date, she said a group of friends were going out for drinks and music, would he like to come. Needless to say he was a bit surprised that the group of friends was a double date. <g>
I arrived first, before either of the guys. "Are you nervous?" my friend asked.
"Nope. As long as you don't mind if I don't like him, I'm not nervous about the date."
"Oh my god. I would be so nervous. What if he's the one you marry?"
I don't remember what I said to that, but I do remember thinking, yeah right. And then there was the distinct twang of an arrow being fired from Cupid's bow.
When my date arrived I thought he was cute. And tall. And short-haired b/c he'd cut his hair to go on job interviews. He thought I was adorable b/c I kept tripping all night long (he thought I was tipsy, little did he know I just can't walk a straight line without tripping on air and falling over my feet). By the end of the night, I knew he was the one. This is strange, I know, but when I sat beside him, or held his hand, I felt like threads were binding our hearts together. Don't laugh.
Then he left. Without asking for my number. I was too shy to ask for his and kept beating myself up over it the rest of the night.
Six weeks later he got my number from our friend and the rest is history. We dated two years (b/c both of us are slow movers with decisions, especially life changing ones) before getting married and have been married for a little over 14 years. Still in love. Still feeling those strange heart-binding threads of a soul mate.
Have you ever been set up on a blind date? If so, what happened?
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