I’m pleased to introduce a new feature in which I’ll present “hypothetical” dating scenarios and kindly ask for your thoughts and opinions. Please feel free to spread the word – I’d love to get lots of feedback from different perspectives. If you have a dating dilemma you’d like to share, e-mail me at courtingpredicament [AT] gmail [DOT] com. I promise to carefully guard your anonymity.
Now onto our first predicament – hope you enjoy!
- Lucinda: A gorgeous, thoughtful, 30-something tree-hugger with sass and a nice rack. She’s turned to the Internet in her quest for love.
- Morty: A lovable, cute, gaming geek living at home and clinging to the tale end of his 20s. While he initially returns to the nest to help his ‘rents through a health crisis, he hasn’t flown the coup yet but wants to.
- Babette: Morty’s busty platonic pal
Morty happens upon Lucinda’s MySpace and falls faster than he can “friend” her. The pair meet for a date and soon exchange more than e-mails. Morty proves to be doting, sweet, and very attentive to Lucinda’s body. He even makes clever, romantic suggestions like luxurious baths à deux.
Lucinda digs Morty but is tentative because of the slight feminine tinge to his personality. Privately she wonders if she might simply be a stop on Morty’s winding trip to GayTown. Lucinda eventually concocts a clever way to address the subject but Morty insists that aside from an isolated pre-pubescent romp, he’s a card-holding Straighty.
Things progress quite well for Lucinda and Morty. After a few weeks, he invites her to join his family for an upcoming holiday celebration. Lucinda doesn’t want to move too quickly so she politely declines explaining it’s a bit much for her at such an early stage.
Soon after, Lucinda heads to sunny California with a close girlfriend for a long weekend. When she returns, Morty reveals he had a smooch fest with Babette. Lucinda knows of her and has even seen a picture. Aside from noting Babette’s ample assets, Lucinda hasn’t given her much thought until now. Morty adds that Babette never wanted to date him but changed her mind once he started dating Lucinda.
What’s Lucinda to do? Does she have a right to be upset with Morty? If so, should she overlook the slip and continue dating him with caution or kick his nerdy ass to the curb? What do you think of Morty and his clandestine tryst with Babette? And how about Babette – what is her deal? Leave your thoughts in the comments!
*Names have been changed to protect the guilty.