I've seen a bunch of those "If we met for coffee" posts floating around and I like them. And if you know me, then you know I like to give things my own spin. You and I, we would go on a lady date. Simple coffee or even a glass of wine wouldn't suffice. We would need an entire evening for me to talk your ear off.
If we went on a lady date, let's be honest, I would probably want to pick the place. I have serious trust issues letting people pick restaurants for me until I know their tastes better.
I run on two speeds - weirdly early or a tiny bit late. This is important for you to know on our lady date. I would blame traffic either way - it was weirdly light or SO INSANE I'M SO SORRY.
If we met in person, you would see that I wear my heart on my sleeve and you can usually know what I'm thinking just by looking at me. I don't have a poker face to speak of. I hope I don't accidentally offend you or stick my foot in my mouth, but I probably will. It just happens sometimes.
We would talk about blogging at first, sure. That's always the safest place to start, and then we would get more personal, with the things that aren't safe for the internet. That would mark the beginning of friendship: the sharing of secrets now that we're face to face.
I would ask you if we liked what you ordered and what you would order the next time. I'd offer you some of what I had and probably hope for some of yours, too. We would talk TV and I would be determined to find something we both felt the same way about.
I'd think to something I knew about you - probably something that drew me to you and your blog in the first place. And I would bring it up, but probably as subtly as possible. I wouldn't want you to think I was a crazy stalker and wouldn't want to get into my weirdly selective memory with you.
We would talk about jobs and babies - these two subjects seem to come up with nearly everyone lately. I would talk about my job and listen to you talk about yours and try to really understand how you spend forty hours a week. And probably, if you don't already have a child, we would laugh about how they are so much work and how we aren't ready yet, if ever, and something to be more seriously discussed later, when we're older.
If we had a lady date, I would force myself to keep my phone in my bag and you would earn extra points for doing the same. I would enjoy having this time with no interruptions as actual face time is so hard to come by these days. Of course, I wouldn't tell you that or impose any rules - but if you just knew, then there would surely be more lady dates in the future.
I would ramble on for as long as you'd let me. I always find that leaving is the hardest part of a night like this. I would wonder if your significant other missed you or if there was something else you would rather be doing. I never want to impose, but I would want you to know how much I appreciate our time together. We would walk to our cars with promises to do it again and perhaps a blurry selfie in the dark. And probably a hug. I'm not the biggest hugger out there, but for you, my lady date, I would surely make an exception. And driving home I would be so full and so happy from our simple talk with no distractions, no husbands, and no judgements. And for the millionth time, I would be so grateful for all the friends I've made from this silly little hobby that I can't imagine being without.