Time To Update My Criteria
Copyrighted by Lorna Tedder. Originally published in Crimes to the Third Degree.
Weh-heh-heh-hell. I see that itâ€™s time to update my criteria for a romantic partner. As if the list of my Herculean-task-type criteria wasnâ€™t long enough already and damned near impossible for any man on the planet to meet more than 2 of…if that many.
In no particular order of importance:
1. Emotionally healthy.
2. Financially responsible.
3. Free of addictions and disease (those addictions include gambling, drugs, and staring at underage and underdressed girls online for 3 hours a day).
4. Verbally intelligent
5. and the hardest…nurturing of my spiritual beliefs (regardless of his own beliefs).
(Allowable substitutions: slaying of one hydra or other bi-cephalic monster of his choice.)
So imagine my delight when I was introduced to someone new last week. Very interesting gentleman. Esoteric. Younger than I am. Productive and creative. Absolutely understood my weird references to all sorts of things that most guys are clueless about. On the surface, he certainly seemed to meet all my criteria. And quite attractive, to boot. Wahoo! At the very least, it looked to be a wonderful friendship, and Iâ€™ll admit that Iâ€™ve been lonely in the male companionship department recently.
Iâ€™m not so sure weâ€™re going to be friends now at all, and Iâ€™m certain there wonâ€™t be anything romantic.
I sort of took for granted a few things beyond my 5 criteria, but I guess itâ€™s necessary to spell out the last one:
6. No wife, no girlfriend, no commitment elsewhere.
Or, as Jillan says, â€œI donâ€™t play with other peopleâ€™s toys.â€