Waiting and Wondering

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A lot of women aren’t as quick as men when getting ready for a night out on the town. Even when you are just heading out for a quick bite to eat, you will probably at least fix your hair before running out the door. Men, on the other hand, probably throw on a shirt and pants and are gone in most cases.

Plus, there are those of you who have things to do before you can walk out the door? Did you blow out the candles, turn on a light, feed the cat, and all the other tasks that need to be done?

For the woman single and dating: Ask your date to take his coat off and have a seat when he arrives. Offer him a drink, television or music, and tell him to make himself at home. To keep a man content while he waits, let him know what to expect. If you still have ten minutes before you are ready, then tell him so. Checking in with him once or twice will help to keep him patient. Make sure you are realistic about the timing. A gentleman will give you the extra time to get ready without complaint; that is, of course, within limits. Be respectful to your date by doing your best to be on time.

Men can also run late for commitments. When they are running behind they should call—and they shouldn’t make a habit of it.

Waiting on someone else all the time is not the best way to show the other respect and consideration. No matter who is holding up the evening, it’s polite to recognize that both of you have other activities you could be doing and that time should be respected and appreciated. If you are supposed to be somewhere at a certain time, do your best to be there when expected. If you are the one always waiting, let your date know that you expect better.

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