He started “it” back in February by sending me this sweet email. I’m a sucker for compliments:
“I really like your blog and website, very well done,” he wrote. “There’s a reason it’s the only single parenting site in my blog roll so far.”
“It would be nice to meet and chat with a fellow Bay Area single parent writer (you!) in person,” he added.
As it turns out, we live just an hour away from each other. I wrote back to say that it’s so “rare” for two bloggers to actually meet in the flesh. I was game, however.
So, David from Dad’s House offered to drive my way (thanks!) so we could meet for real. I’d imagined a business lunch. We’d talk about blogging, of course. I’d only seen that one photo of him — with the red hat — so I had this vision of meeting a skinny, serious, quiet guy. I’ll be the first to admit that I have some unfair misconceptions about men from Silicon Valley.
Boy, was I in for a surprise.
This cute guy with tortoise shell glasses, green eyes, and shiny black shoes walked into the cafe where I was working.
“I never would have recognized you!” I blurted out.
I gave him a short hug — which caught him off guard, I think — and then we were off. He’s talkative, a little goofy, a great listener. We got hungry and walked to the Thai place a few doors down. We both had curry.
We just kept on talking: about blogging, parenting, literary agents, our kids, boundaries, dating. I’d expected a very analytical man, but he has a strong philosophical side.
Before we knew it, three hours had passed. Oh no, David got a parking ticket! (Sorry).
We should have taken pictures. We should have made a video.
I’ll never forget his last words to me, as we said goodbye. “”High tide floats all boats,” he said.
He explained that this is a popular saying in Silicon Valley. If the tide is high for everyone — that means for us, as single parents — we’ll keep each other from drowning. Here’s to keeping each other afloat, David.
Fess up, single moms and dads: Who do you have a crush on, virtually or in real life?
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