With online shenanigans at a complete standstill and a few glimpses of what real dates should look like (okay, the cat's out the bag...I'm playing a few cards close to the chest), I've been trying to come up with a good way to put my expectations into words. It literally came down to two: dating or courtship.
Courtship, on the other hand, is a bit more involved. I don't think Singletons of my generation really know what courtship means. At the mere mention of the word, they see visions of boring, period movies starring Colin Firth (not boring to me, but I'm pretty sure I'm in the minority) when fathers and hopeful husbands sat down together to determine whether the daughter was ready to be married off and if Colin Firth (or any other British character actor, for that matter) was a suitable partner. And by suitable, that usually meant wealthy and healthy. One might also conjure up thoughts of the Andy Griffith Show, Barney Fife and Thelma Lou. Neither are really that appetizing.
If Old Mr. Webster called me today and asked me to write the definition of what I think courtship is, it'd go a little something like this:
Well, what's wooing, you ask? Ah, to be wooed. To have no other choice in the world but to become absolutely smitten with someone who is relentless in their pursuit and adoration of you. Then, my friends, you have been wooed. If someone is courting or wooing you, they're not interested in playing the field or kissing lots of frogs, or any other idiom associated with dating. They are solely interested in you. Usually symptoms of courtship include random flowers, compliments, an old-fashioned approach to dating and the feeling of being swept off your feet. This, my friends, this is what I want. I don't want to play any of these crazy, non-sensical dating games; I don't want to have to hide how I feel because it doesn't fall in line with what society expects me to do next in the silly relationship two-step. I don't want to think 'Well, I can't do this' or 'I can't do that' because it might make me look vulnerable, desperate or in love. For the first time in my life, I want to step outside of the lines and, at the same time, step back in time...before cell phones, text messages, Facebook statuses, relationship statuses, all made us crazy. I don't want to trip into something because the time is right or I'm "at the age I should be" or because everybody else is doing it. I want to fall head over heels into something spectacular and almost impossible to put into words. This....is what I want.
Have I been watching too many Rodgers & Hammerstein musicals lately? Probably. Am I living in a fairy tale land? Probably even more so. Do I believe it can happen like this? Absolutely.