A thought occurred to me whilst vacuuming the house today. Don’t ask me why I get most of my deep thinking done while cleaning. Something meditative about it, I guess.
Here’s what I’ve decided.
People have it all backwards. We shouldn’t all be on our best behavior on the first date. We should, all of us, strive to be on our absolutely worst behavior on our first date or two, in the spirit of fiscal and emotional frugality. After all, it’s not the best behavior that will split us up down the road.
It’s the worst. And we all have a right to know, as soon as possible, just what we’re in for. Then we can decide if it’s something we can handle or not.
Imagine, if the woman you’ve taken a fancy to says something to offend you on your first date, and you’re the kind of guy who, nine or ten months down the road, would react to that exact same move on her part by, say, throwing a vase at her head or telling her she’s a stupid cow, just do it now. On the first date. Don’t hold back. Conversely, if you’re the kind of girl who would react to your man checking out another woman in the restaurant by slapping him then and there once you’re actually committed, don’t hesitate to do it on the first date. Smack ‘im, yell at him, go crazy, girlfriend.
It’s called truth in advertising, people!
We’re in a recession. We can’t afford to go on lots of dates before realizing our partner is a jackass. If you’re a jackass, let it show early and bright. I say we let it all hang out right away, and save everyone a lot of time, emotional investment and expense.
Plus, this way, if someone sticks with you even after you’ve had a meltdown to rival a person possessed, it can only get better and better from there.
Who’s with me?