As a typical 30 something, online dating has been a constant in my life for the past few years. When not in a relationship, I have profiles up and active, in the hope that one day I will find someone and join the ranks of my friends raising small children. How this will happen while balancing a job and the caregiving, I am not certain but I am not willing to give up on it.
Since one of my mother’s major preoccupations in life is marrying me off, I finally realized that we might as well make online dating a joint endeavor. We scroll through profiles together almost every day. Usually, we begin with a discussion of why the people I look at list “straight,” on their profile which entertains me every time she asks. But, Mom is quite adept at quickly assessing their photos. Today, she rejects one man for his eyes closing too much when he smiles while a man holding a cat in his picture gets high marks. She tells me the guy with the cat might be the guy for me. I ask, “based on his face?” And she says, “No, for his deep emotions.” And cracks up.
I message the guy with the cat. She is right; he does look like a nice guy.