Would you like a girlfriend?

“Would you like a girlfriend?”

 

“No.”

 

“Why not?”

 

“I’m not ready for one.”

 

“Many people start a relationship before they’re ready for one.”

 

“I’m not the person I want to be yet.”

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Date

“Is this a date?” she asked with hint of smile.

 

“Depends on your definition of date,” he said. “How would you define a ‘date’?”

 

“A meeting held out of romantic interest,” she said. “Is this lunch out of romantic interest?”

 

“I don’t like that framing. The word ‘date’ gives me the tremors. It’s like an exam, adversarial, solemn. The two parties assess each other across the table, considering their suitability for lifetime partnership. If that’s what it’s going to be, please say no.”

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