Dazed and Amused

I’ve not yet seen that movie “He’s Just Not That Into You.” Maybe I’m scared of what I might find. Maybe I’m jealous that I didn’t write it. At this point in my life, I feel like I’ve gained a decent amount of insight on relationships. Some days I feel like I’ve got it all figured out and that all my experience has made me more discriminating and enlightened. Other days I feel like I know too much and that ignorance truly is bliss. Today I am the latter. In my experience the more you know, the more jaded and suspicious you become. It’s no wonder people get married so young, before they truly understand the implication of knowing themselves enough to laboriously choose a mate with whom they are truly suited.

So there’s this boy. He’s a silly boy and he makes me a little crazy. Conversely, he thinks I’m a bit of a lunatic… most likely he thinks I’m downright batshit crazy. Well in most cases, we’re both right. And the secret is, I’m not sure that either of us would have it any other way.

I think, when it comes to relationships, we all exist in a constant state of flux between appreciation and utter confusion. Women are complex. Men, hardheaded. We ladies sit around in droves discussing our respective beaus’ latest text or remark, attempting to decipher his true meaning. Men, with their locker room machismo, banter tales of their old lady’s nagging and enigmatic inability to be satisfied. Chicks grinningly roll their eyes at the juvenile antics of their boys, while the guys shake their heads amusedly at their girls’ unmistakable insanity. Each sex adores the other for the very thing that drives them mad. My friend Casey puts it the best, and it cracks me up every time she yells at her man: “WHY CAN’T JUST YOU ACT RIGHT??”

But isn’t it the baffling behavior that keeps us enthralled? Just when I think I know everything there is to know about dudes in their natural habitat, one comes along and smacks me in the back of the head (not literally… that would be just awful). I live for these moments of bewilderment; because who wants to date a jaded, cynical know-it-all? I will never fully figure out what men want, just as the men will constantly be trying to figure out what makes us tick (hello… shiny things and hugs).

I say thank goodness! Thanks goodness we can’t figure one another out… because just like everything else in life, when you stop learning you stop growing. It’s really laughable that men and women have been getting together for thousands of years, yet we still have no idea how to navigate the intricate wiring of our mates’ inner workings. At this point all we can do is shake our heads, laugh, and appreciate each other for the anomalies that we are.

One Comment

  1. Douchey

    Insightful….really! I married waaay young and to be honest….I wasn’t really looking for it to happen – it just sort of happened. I don’t remember being overly insecure and I certainly wasn’t looking to get “tied down”…..I just knew and it felt right.
    Having said that and still being married after 25 yrs – I can share what I know or learned about women….sometimes the hard way!!!
    1. If you ask a question you don’t want an answer to, expect an
    answer you don’t want to hear.
    2. Anything you wear is fine. Really.
    3. Most guys own two to three pairs of shoes-what makes you think we’d be any good at choosing which pair, out of thirty, would look good with your dress?
    4. You can either ask us to do something OR tell us how you want it done- not both. And lastly…
    5. If something we said can be interpreted two ways, and one of the ways makes you sad and angry, we meant the other one.

    It ain’t rocket science, but this I know – they smell good, they’re soft, they sound pretty and I don’t care if they’re smarter than me – I love ’em!


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