I've been going to psychics for years. I thought everyone did, as I got older (and
addicted) I realized I am in the minority among my educated friends. Oh well. I still enjoy throwing away a few bucks for
the thrill of someone confirming that my dreams will definitely come true. They always confirm I will marry someone wonderful.
However, at 41 pushing 42, the idea of it seems fleeting. I know, I know. "FORTY-ONE and suspecting the idea of a happily-ever-after
isn't coming??? Ridiculous!" you're saying. I know but, when everyone you know is married or in a relationship, it seems
odd that you are not. Especially, when there isn't anything apparent wrong with you. I digress.
I went to a psychic in July that (surprisingly) one of my educated
friends suggested. Her "office" is in Portsmouth and it seemed like a great excuse to visit my favorite little Seacoast
haunt. Apparently, this woman is one of the best in the country. When I heard that, I knew I had to give her my money. Her
name is Betty and she was an odd duck, that goes with the territory but, she seemed very nice. She knew my inquiry was about
love without asking. I suppose that shouldn't come as a surprise since I was without wedding ring. She wanted me to record
our conversation on my iPhone. As we started the reading, we made conversation and she picked up on a few things about my
life. She was right about most but, I think most observant people could do the same. I still wasn’t impressed. Then,
we got to love. Whether or not I'd find it and where was he? She did start the reading telling me I would get married. I knew
that, I just wasn’t sure if I'd settle or wait for the right one.
I would meet a tall, handsome, dark haired man that a friend would introduce me to within 3 months. She wasn't sure if he
had been married before but, if so, it was short-lived. He wanted to settle down and was looking for the right match. He lived
in Massachusetts, was a man's man, very well-liked in his community and looked up to, and perhaps, runs a business. He was
a kind and generous man and would know right away that I was his soul mate. He would think I was beautiful. We would be best
friends and lovers. Betty felt so confident that I would meet this man that she said if I did not meet him within six months,
to come back for another reading for free. She said, "You pulled the true love card twice, for Christ's sake! That doesn't
happen. There is no doubt in my mind, he's looking for you."
Well, it's been 9 months
and I considered calling Betty back to ask where he was?
In other news, I got a call over the
winter from my friend, Kristina, who has been trying to find me a husband for years. (She's Italian, it's genetic.) She wanted
to ask me if I was interested in going out with one of her clients. She said I only needed to go out to dinner once and he's
older but really nice. My first thought was, "Sure." Then, she quickly slid in, "Oh by the way, he's 50 and
Middle Eastern." Immediately, I thought, "oh no, short, balding, and chubby." (What? I had seen those guys
on Match, they always are.) Anyway, I gave her an unconvincing, "maybe." She said, "fine" and suggested
another friend who was closer to our age. I met him and thought, "Hmm, I could go out with this guy." So, I said
she could give that guy my number. He never called. When pressed about why, he flatly said, "too old." He's THREE
years older than me! What a blow. Immediately, I was acutely aware of my fine lines and graying hair. So, I thought, "maybe
I can make it work with the last guy who I've known forever…" After a botched get-together, I shamed myself for
ever having any interest in such an idiot. Finally, I said, "What the hell? Give the Middle Eastern guy my number."
night of our date, I didn't want to go. I had an awful breakout from all the crap food I'd been eating, I felt fat and ugly.
Plus, I had to open the office by 7am which meant I had to leave for work the next morning in the 6am timeframe instead of
my usual 8:05 drive time. I knew Kristina would have killed me so, I got all dolled up and was ready to head out the door.
Now, with my 7am office opening the next morning, I needed to remember keys to the office.
They are not my keys so, they are not attached to my key chain. I changed purses to match my outfit and the most important
thing to me was not to forget those keys. My plan was to leave them in my car. I have to digress for another minute. I am
perpetually late. Especially in the morning. I knew that I would be running late in the morning and most likely not even think
about changing purses so, it was very possible I would forget those keys if they were hiding in one of the purses. I couldn't
risk that so, I kept them in my hand, locked the door and pulled it shut. The second the door closed, my heart stopped. I
had 20 minutes to get to my date, it took 22 minutes to get there and I had just, unwittingly, locked myself out of the house.
I was so used to keeping my house keys in my hand when I lock the door (I've locked myself out before) that I didn't think
twice because I was holding a set of keys. For the office! I panicked. I texted Kristina. She panicked, too. I called my landlord,
it went straight to voicemail which meant he was in for the night and not turning his phone back on until morning.
went to my neighbor's to see if she had a spare key. She didn't the last time I was locked out but, I hoped, "maybe."
She told me she just turned 88 and was starting to get forgetful so, she wasn't sure if Richie (her son, my landlord) left
my keys at her house. She started shuffling through drawers. I explained my predicament and she said she'd keep looking. Ugh.
I knew I had to call him. I meekly told him what happened. The first words out of his mouth were, "How can I help? What
can I do?" I asked him if he felt like picking me up, he said, "absolutely." I texted him my address and waited
on my front porch. Fortunately, I had a ration of water and a bottle of nail polish to keep me busy.
he pulled up and got out of his car, I was pleasantly surprised. Not what I expected at all. I went over to give him a hug
and introduce myself. He looked great, dressed very sharp and smelled really good. He escorted me to the passenger side of
his car and held the door open for me. On our way to the restaurant, I thanked him again for coming to pick me up and told
him how embarrassed I was about the keys. He told me that was already one of his favorite parts of the date and said as we
continued to get to know each other the story would continue to get better. He was very charming, funny and made an effort
to make me feel comfortable.
Can I just tell you? We chatted all night and closed the restaurant.
At the end of the date, he handed me the cork from our bottle of wine. I had told him earlier in the evening that I was very
sentimental. At first, I thought, "How sweet, he wants me to remember our first bottle of wine together." I hadn't
noticed the ink on the cork. As I looked more closely, I could see he wrote something, "THIS WAS BEST 1ST DATE EVER."
parting ways, he asked me to commit to at least 5 dates with him. He explained that after a really good first date, (in his
words, "BEST 1ST DATE EVER") the expectations for our 2nd date are really high. In the off chance, he did not meet
my expectations on the 2nd date, he wanted me to give him 3 more chances. He explained, he wanted to get to know me and wanted
me to get to know him. I said, "yes." He then asked me if I like to dance. To which, I replied, "yes."
So, he asked me to go to New Orleans with him to go dancing. Um, hell yeah. I think he may already know me…
reviewed my psychic recording on the way home from work the next day. Could it be? Is he the tall, handsome, dark haired (full
head of thick hair) man who knew, right away, he wanted to be my best friend forever? Maybe I won't need to claim my free
reading with Betty after all.
"Imperfection is beauty. Madness is genius.
It is better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring." - Marilyn Monroe