I’m not sure how many of you used to watch The Wonder Years, but it was one of my favorite shows. (And yes – I totally had a crush on Kevin Arnold.) In my opinion, one of the best episodes was the one where Kevin was really excited to see this old family friend, who, from her recent school photo, looked like she blossomed into a total teenage hottie. But hark – Kevin woke up that fateful morning of the visit with the pimple of all pimples. After applying pimple cream, a cold compress, and plenty of TLC, the pimple remained, bigger than ever.
How did the day turn out? In TV-esque perfection, when the girl came to visit, she, too, had a massive pimple on her face. And the rest (of that episode anyway) was history.
Now, let’s talk about me! 😉 About seven years ago, I was on JDate (I was an early adopter), and I was really looking forward to meeting this guy Dave for a drink one Sunday night. On the day of the date, I, of course, woke up with the worst cold ever. Sniffles, red nose, snot involuntarily running down my face – the works. Plus, my voice… as if it’s not nasal enough already! So the question was: To cancel or not to cancel? As many of us know, in the online dating world, people often get what I like to call “grass is greener syndrome,” always seeing what the next best thing out there is. I didn’t want the chance to pass me by if I cancelled. Who knew if or when we’d reschedule? So, I went, tissues in hand and DayQuilled up. Until he got there, I blew my nose like it was my job, making sure it would be dry as a desert by the time he came.
And then he showed up. Nicely dressed. Very cute. The first words out of his mouth, you ask? “I’m sorry – I probably should have cancelled. I have a really bad cold.” We laughed. We drank. We blew our noses to our hearts’ content. And then, lo and behold, we kissed. It’s not like the other would catch our cold, after all.
That was my Kevin Arnold picture-perfect pimple moment.
What’s your most memorable story? Feel free to share in the comments.
Erika Ettin is the Founder of A Little Nudge, where she helps people stand out from the online dating crowd and have a rewarding experience. An archive of all of Erika’s columns is also available. Want to connect with Erika? Join her newsletter for updates and tips.