*Names have been changed, though I suspect those of you who will enjoy this post the most know exactly who I’m writing about.
I’ve known Aaron for quite awhile.
In fact, my strongest memories of him involve the many times I told Jacqueline that he wasn’t worth pining after. I’m fairly certain I even went so far as to call him an idiot, in the hope of jolting her out of liking him. And yet… the heart wants what the heart wants, so she went after him with the enthusiasm of lonely youth.
He didn’t really say no to her. He just said, “I’m a coward.”
And she kept pining until someone else came along.
That’s why this conversation on Christmas Eve was so funny.
I gave Aaron the obligatory hug, and asked what he’s doing with his life. We hadn’t seen each other in at least a year, if not longer.
“I’m a grown-up now, with a grown-up job and everything.”
Aaron is in his late twenties, I believe, and used to wreak of brooding depression and self-loathing when he shamefully admitted to still living with his parents and working entry-level, part-time jobs. Now, there’s something about his posture and his silly sweater-vest/tie combo that wreaks more of douche-baggery.
“Oh, really? Congratulations!” I said. “What sort of grown-up job do you have?”
“Oh I’m doing [insert techno-babble here].”
“That’s cool,” I said.
“Did you find the man yet?” Aaron asked.
I didn’t understand what he was asking at first, or, once I understood the question, why he was asking; all I’d ever talked about with him was video games and his self-loathing. Still, I thought I should be polite.
“Oh. Was I searching for one the last time we talked?”
“I don’t know. All Christian women are desperate for a man, aren’t they?”
I’m fairly certain I gave him a look of despise.
“I don’t know. Are they?”
“I’ve noticed there’s something about the late twenties that makes me incredibly appealing.”
I put on my best mock-interest I could muster: “Oh, really? What is it about you that makes you so appealing?” I asked.
“Well,” he started counting off on his fingers while he listed his desirable attributes. “I’m a Christian man, in my twenties, intelligent, single, I have a grown-up job, relatively charming, I’m not quite physically attractive enough, but that’s an obstacle easily-overcome.”
I must’ve been blown-away by the charm, because all I could think to say was, “I see.”
Maybe a change of subject could save this conversation.
“Play any good video games lately?” I asked.
“Yeah – I’ve been playing [insert obscure new game title here]. I’m 100 hours in.”
I had to hold in a laugh at this man’s shocking desirability.
We were joined by some of our other friends, and I was mercifully swept away from him…. had I stayed any longer, I fear my female desperation and his charm would have led me to do something foolish right then and there. 😉