|I thought the cat on the box was a nice touch. . .|
I used to play the game Old Maid all the time when I was growing up. It goes something like this: players are dealt all the cards of a deck, save one that is discarded and set aside. Each player removes any pairs they have in their hand and then choose from the other player's hands, without looking, trying to form more pairs. The object of the game is to continue to take cards, discarding pairs, until all players except one have no cards. That one player will be left with the lone unmatchable card; they are "stuck with the old maid" and lose.
It wasn't until lately that I began to find the whole premise of that game mildly insulting.
To be honest, I don't try very hard to not be single. Okay, so that might be an excuse instead of a reason. Whatever. I really do want to find the love of my life, get married, have kids, and all that jazz.
I just haven't pushed that panic button yet. You know, the one that says you better get married now or you never will.
I don't enjoy going out to clubs or bars or the singles scene, in general. Late nights have never been my thing (I struggle to stay awake after ten). Besides, I don't think I'm interested in dating someone that does enjoy those things. Blind dates and set ups kinda freak me out too. Not to mention I've got to find a man that is willing to shovel horse manure and doesn't mind the occasional stray dog hair in his breakfast.
This past February marked the second year of my bachelorettehood, prior to that I had been in three consecutive long term relationships. After this last one ended and I had suffered through the broken heart phase I really started to enjoy being single (or maybe I should say, thinking and doing for myself without the need to consult another). In fact, I spent most of that first summer at the ranch (hence the Summer at SCR posts) which I never would have done if I'd had a boyfriend waiting for me back home. Relationships that had been damaged due to some misguided over-devotion to my boyfriend, and other poorly made decisions on my part, have also undergone healing in the past two years. I can honestly say that I'm the closest I've ever come to being content.
I turned twenty-nine last November and the words "old" and "maid" have been kind of rolling around in my head a lot lately. Along with the words "crazy", "cat", and "lady". I don't think its time for an intervention yet but it may be heading that way.
Case in point:
** I only have three cats (only, hehe) but I did make a run to Wal-Mart the other day and when I got to the checkout counter I realized that my two purchases were a romance novel and a 35 lb bag of cat food. I'm pretty sure the lady checking me out smirked.
** This is how I spend my free evenings. And I like it.