So you will never guess what happened to me. After five years of riding solo, and a little more than two years of writing about it, someone finally entered my life who actually makes me enjoy being part of a “we” again. And since you have all traveled along this journey with me, I want to share with you how it happened. (Especially for those of you who, much like I did at times, think it can never happen to you.)
Sometime last summer I was on my Facebook, and I noticed a picture of a guy that caught my interest. Oddly, we were friends, although I was sure I’d never met him. He had this absolutely perfect smile, and that is a total weakness for me. So, being the aggressive little bachelorette that I am (and encourage all of you to be!), I sent him a message. It simply said “I have no idea how we are friends on here, but you have gorgeous teeth.”
I know what you are thinking: Shakespeare has nothing on me. LOL. Seriously though, I believe there is no reason to not go after something (or someone) when you have nothing to lose. Fortunately, it worked, and he wrote me back. After a few messages, I dropped the somewhat subtle hint of “we should hang out sometime.” He messaged me his number, and we continued our chats via text. However, he didn’t ask me out. How much clearer could I have been? I wasn’t about to beg, so, true to my style, I got bored waiting and just let it go.
Fast forward to October. I had just returned home from a trip with my dad, watching the O’s play in Tampa and Texas. It was the Fells Point Fun Festival and I was, of course, heading to my local spot, The Point in Fells. Literally, as soon as I walked in the door, I heard, “Gina Geppi!” I turned and looked, and there was Mr. Gorgeous Teeth. Two thoughts ran through my mind: 1. WOW! He is TALL! (6’6” to be exact) and 2. He is even cuter in person! For a meeting months in the making, it actually felt really comfortable. And you know what? We haven’t gone a day without talking since.
So, as overused as the cliché “it happens when you least expect it” is in the world of dating, it really is true. You may need to make a little effort, and you will definitely need a lot of patience. And, most importantly, don’t forget to keep smiling. . . . It may be exactly what catches someone’s eye.
P.S. Fear not. Just because I’m dating someone, doesn’t mean I’m going to stop writing this column. Sure, I’m seeing someone I like, but I’m hardly married!