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Widow of Five Years

Many years ago, I was a widow of 5 years and was finally ready to enter the dating arena again. 

Having a young son limited  my opportunities to meet men, so I turned to the singles ads in the paper (this was well before internet dating!!).  I found an ad that seemed appealing to me and I took a deep breath and called the number on the ad. He answered the phone and after the initial uncomfortable feeling we began to talk. 

For about a week we talked back and forth then decided to meet.  He asked me to choose the restaurant and I chose a middle of the road restaurant, so as to not put him out of too much money.  We talked the night before and he said, "I'll be there around 6:00 because I needed to pick my outfit up from the dry cleaners." 

Wow! I thought-that was perfect because I spent $75.00 on my hair, $25.00 on my nails and $80.00 on a new outfit.  I wanted to look perfect.  We continued to talk that night and described ourselves to each other and I was growing more anxious to meet him by the minute.

The door bell rang at 5:55 pm and I had to look through the peep hole.  His face was appealing so I quickly opened the door.  I smiled-then he smiled. I could not refrain from squinting my eyes and cocking my head to the side.  It looks like this guy does not have any front teeth.  After several minutes of silence I needed water so I raced to the sink to try to calm my nerves.  This guy is only 24 with no front or bottom teeth and we were going out in public to eat.  When I turned around, it was then that I noticed he had on shorts while I was wearing a nice pant suit with heels.

I couldn't refrain from asking him about the dry cleaning and he stated that he took his tee-shirt and shorts to the dry cleaners to make his date with me perfect.  I thought, "Oh, buddy are we in different classes and why didn't you say you didn't have any front teeth!"

We went out and I watched as food continually slide through the massive gap between his teeth. The check came, which felt like the clouds had parted and this was my opportunity to break!  The check sat there for an hour with the waiter coming back and checking to see if cash or a credit card had been placed with the bill-nothing.  Finally, I got bold and said very bluntly, "Are you going to pay the bill?" To which he replied, "Oh, where is the cashier?" 

This was the nicest restaurant he had been to, prior to this Ponderosa was considered 'high end'.  I couldn't believe it!  So, I flagged the waiter down and told him to get out his money so we could leave, then he pulls out his wallet (an envelope from check 'n go!).  I was done!  Call me snooty, but I am used to men with all of their teeth, fine suits, and regular wallets.  We left and on the way home he informed me that he wanted to put his name in the "hat" to date me.  To which I informed him that no such hat existed and I needed to leave due to a migraine.

Vickie, Georgia

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