- First date butterflies.
- First date freakouts. (OHMYGODIHAVENOTHINGTOWEAR!)
- Shazam! The electricity when your hands first touch.
- Kisses that leave you weak in the knees.
- The deep shade of red that climbs into your cheeks when they wink/smile at/flirt with you.
- The constant vigil, checking and rechecking your phone, email, snail mail, smoke signals, all in hopes they contacted you.
- Post-first date recaps with bestest girl friends, preferably with copious amounts of wine and giggles.
There are many aspects to this Curse. Some of the better-known effects include irrational emotional responses, pining, over-evaluating/analyzing, shopping, thinking, freaking out, and the possibility of making excuses for poor behavior on their part.
Seeing as I'm also
The "I wonders." And warning: these can be both positive and negative...
I wonder what our kids would look like.
I wonder if this person would help support my dreams.
I wonder if they don't really like me and are just using me.
I wonder why they asked me out in the first place.
I wonder if we would get along on trips.
I wonder if they see themselves doing something I see myself doing.
I wonder if they're honest.
I wonder if this person is damaged and I should run for the hills.
And the Granddaddy of them all:
I wonder if this person is the one...
Damn you, romance writers! You make it look so easy, so effortless. All I need is a swank marketing/publishing job in London and THEN I'll find Mr.
There's no anecdote to the Curse of the Eternal Romantic. Unfortunately, the only thing we can do is Wait. The Wait sucks as it can be accompanied by Doubt, which when combined, have the potential to leave you a slobbering mess of tears and regret while you pour another cup of wine.
And yes, us Eternal Romantics drink our wine in cups--not glasses. It helps stimulate the overactive imagination.