I have not been on many dates in my life. We live in a society where we talk online rather than meet in person, why leave the comfort of your house? However, there have been a small handful of times where I decided to take guys up on their offers to go on a date. My first ever date wasn’t necessarily terrible but, there were a few red flags which I turned a blind eye to.
We had been seeing each other for a few weeks when we decided to go on a date – this was when I was sixteen – so I was young, naïve and thought that this would be one of those amazing, first dates that lead to many more. It didn’t.
The first thing that he said to me as we sat down was ‘Don’t embarrass me, my family come here a lot.’ So, I’m sitting there thinking Do I look like somebody that would embarrass you?
I let it slide and decided to just nod my head and carry on with the date. Then as the date went on, he would not put his phone down and when I picked mine up to check the time, he called me rude.
Being a sixteen-year-old gay boy on his first date, I decided to be petty and order two portions of BBQ ribs. The reason that this was petty is because when I used to eat ribs, I would smother my face in the sauce – somehow, I would get streaks of it on my forehead and in my hair. It was not a pretty picture and he was not happy with my choice of food.
The moral of the story is do not continue dating a guy that prewarned you not to embarrass him, that’s basically asking for trouble.