This past weekend I was in Northern NH with my mom and Banana at a lovely local restaurant – something train related like “The Station” or something. Regardless, I noticed a very attractive somewhat older man sitting across from me with two kids, smiling very genuinely at me. I didn’t think anything of it, politely returned the smile and went back to my blueberry pancakes. As I continued to eat, however, he kept staring and kept smiling. Below, his smiles timed with the narration in my head.
5 minutes later, more smiling: I started to avoid looking back at him, because it made me slightly uncomfortable, but then I started to think like any young single mother would. I mean, he was really good looking. And clearly, he thought I was cute.
Roughly 10 minutes later, another smile from him: I mean – I wasn’t exactly dressed very nice – a basic summer dress and I hadn’t even showered. But maybe this was like that “moment” that happens in all bad romantic comedies when the good looking man sees through all of that and thinks I’m cute anyway? Hmm, I thought – did I think he was cute? Yah, I did.
Roughly 15 minutes later, another glance: I mean he has two kids, so clearly, he likes kids. I watched him with his two and he seemed very genuine and loving towards them. But did I want two more kids? I didn’t know.
Roughly 17 minutes later, smile: I wonder what he does for a living? Maybe he lives in Eastern MA too. I bet he has a second home up here. And a boat! I would love a boat. So would Anna. What am I wearing for shoes again? God I wish I would have washed my hair.
Roughly 20 minutes later, another smile: Yah I could have two more kids. They’re really cute too. And they’re old enough that they could babysit Anna when we go out for date night. Thank God, because babysitters are so expensive. Maybe we could have date night on the boat?
Roughly 25 minutes later: Oh God he’s getting up. Is he going to talk to me? Do I have blueberries in my teeth? Do I give him my number? I’m with my MOTHER, this is going to be so awkward.
Rougly 7 seconds after that, he stops at my table, I honestly think I may have batted my eyelashes, this was IT!….”Hi, I’m SO sorry I kept staring at you but you have the most beautiful daughter I have ever seen! She’s sooooo cute. (to Anna) – did you hear that sweetheart? I just think you’re the most adorable thing I’ve ever seen! What a doll. And that hair. Take care now”