I don't want to go out to dinner on our first date. There will be a lot of awkward eye contact and the waiter will surely know we are meeting each other for the first time.
So, let's go bowling instead. Or to play mini golf. We can get french fries or ice cream or both.
I like to go to concerts and comedy shows and to the movies for double features. I'll go hiking once a year, if you ask nicely. I'll always go on a road trip.
My family is important. My friends are important. My time for myself is important.
Romantic gestures will make my skin crawl, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't buy me flowers or surprise me with a bag of Sour Patch Kids. Exposure therapy, you know?
Be honest. Follow through. Show up.
And I'll do the same.