Awkward dating scenario for real

23 Sep

I picture my return to blogging like a super awkward after first date phone call. It goes a little like this.

Dater 1: I think I’ll call Dater 2 back. I had a nice time. *picks up phone.* *dials the carefully stored away phone number*


Dater 2: “Hello?”

Dater 1: “Hey, it’s Dater 1.”

Long stretch of silence.

Dater 2: “Oh. Hi.”

Dater 1: They don’t sound happy to hear from me. Maybe they don’t like me. “I was wondering if you’d like to go to a movie on Friday.”

Awkward long stretch of silence.

Dater 2: “Why?”

Dater 1: I have to answer why? “I had a nice time?” That sounded like a question, didn’t it.

Dater 2: *exasperated noise of disgust*

Dater 1: “Didn’t you have a nice time?” Maybe I’m delusional.

Dater 2: “Of course I did!”

Dater 1: “Then what’s the problem?” Maybe Dater 2 is crazy.

Dater 2: “That was two months ago!”

Awkward silence.

Dater 1: “Oh.”

Dater 2: “Oh? All you have to say is ‘oh’?”

Dater 1: “I didn’t realize.”

Dater 2: “You didn’t realize two months went by?”

Dater 1: “No.”

Dater 2: “What were you doing?!”

Dater 1: “I don’t know.”

Dater 2: “#*#&&@^!^!*($((#)#(@*!&”

Dater 1: “Um.”


There’s really no coming back from that, Dater 1.


Dater 1: *hangs up slowly*…*backs away even more slowly*…*wonders if anyone will ever go to the movies with Dater 1 again*

Heart, pink, anniversary, puzzle, love, marriage

I think I cracked my own heart.

Basically, I’m Dater 1. I’m sorry? Oh, I apologized for being away. I totally wrote a blog post wondering if that was necessary once. I feel it’s necessary today.

This is like when my husband asked me if my sink was rattling. I listened for a moment, then said yes. Upon further consideration I told him it had been rattling for a long time. Like perhaps months.

He asked why I didn’t tell him, my Mr. Fix It husband.

Um. It never occurred to me?

Life is like my broken sink. I get caught up in work, books, publishing, family and life. I turn around and it’s been too long.

This is a flaw in my character. One I will work on.

(Disclaimer: This does not apply to deadlines. I’m obsessive about meeting deadlines and obligations. Also anything related to publishing. If I delay there is a reason behind it. This blog post applies to, well, everything else.)

I wasn’t sure how to come back and share my flaw. I’m embarrassed by it. Then I remembered the time I called that one person who told me I hadn’t seen them in two months.

Remarkably, I can’t seem to remember their name…

Anyway, I’m back.

And Dater 2 never called back. I wonder what I did wrong.


12 Responses to “Awkward dating scenario for real”

  1. Ryan King September 23, 2013 at 1:17 am #

    lol, welcome back 🙂

    • Kinley Baker September 23, 2013 at 1:27 am #

      Thank you, Ryan. Glad to be here. 🙂

  2. jolenenavarro September 23, 2013 at 1:39 am #

    Like I tell my kids…It’s only awkward if you make it awkward. So what movie do you want to go see?

    • Kinley Baker September 23, 2013 at 1:53 am #

      I have a knack for making things awkward. Lol. Will you really go to a movie with me?! Woot. Or maybe we can just meet at a conference sometime soon. Congratulations on Lone Star Holiday! 🙂

  3. jolenenavarro September 23, 2013 at 1:56 am #

    I would got to the movies with you. If you come to Boerne (north of San Antonio) I can get us in free. My son is an usher. Will you be at RWA in July?

    • Kinley Baker September 23, 2013 at 2:04 pm #

      I’m not sure about RWA, but I’ve been asked to go skating and now to the movies, so I might have to go just for the dates.

  4. Joni Hahn September 23, 2013 at 2:58 am #

    We’re a sure thing, Kinley. We’ll always be here, waiting for your next blog post. We’re not going anywhere. 🙂

    Please try to make RWA next summer. It would be cool to have a WANA1012 get-together.

    • Kinley Baker September 23, 2013 at 2:05 pm #

      Yes, it would be fun! I’m going to have to seriously consider RWA. Thanks for being there. 🙂

  5. Sarah Brabazon September 23, 2013 at 3:31 am #

    That’s the beauty of subscribing. It was only when your post popped into my inbox that I thought, ‘Oh yeah, I haven’t heard from Kinley for a while.’
    Mind you, I think I would be like Dater 1, if I had ever dated. I’ve been off the market so long now that I’ve forgotten what that is like. In Australia, we all know each other already, so it’s more a matter of, “Wanna go out?” Yeah…” (or, “No bloody way, mate”).

    • Kinley Baker September 23, 2013 at 2:09 pm #

      Thank you for subscribing! I’ve missed everyone. I have very limited dating experience out of the context of high school. I like your way. 🙂

  6. Diana Beebe September 23, 2013 at 1:14 pm #

    Welcome back, Kinley! I’d go to the movies with you, too. 🙂

    • Kinley Baker September 23, 2013 at 2:10 pm #

      Thanks, Diana! This is reassuring. 🙂

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