On our very very first date, in the middle of that embarrassing getting-to-know-each-other discussion, George asked me personally which type of individual I became interested in. We thoughtfully reacted: “Goal driven. Smart. Fragile. Common sense of humor. ” Him exactly the same question in exchange, his response had been quick and concise: “Jewish. Once I asked” Him for an explanation, he had no trouble telling me that he enjoyed dating Jewish women because he found them to be smart, funny and usually brunette when I pressed. I happened to be amused and notably flattered.
It had been throughout that exact same date that I realized George ended up being Puerto Rican, one thing a far more enlightened girl could have recognized considering their final title is Santiago. I did son’t respond well, saying anything from “but you don’t look Puerto Rican” to “I don’t date Puerto Ricans. ”
We had worked together at a marketing rep company for the couple of months before we decided to a night out together with him. Though we thought he had been precious and funny, I experienced simply experienced an agonizing breakup and had no fascination with dating. I experienced recently relocated to Manhattan, thrilled to have remaining behind the years invested in Gainesville, Florida, where I experienced finished through the University of Florida. I became created in Brooklyn and raised in Queens and Staten Island in a working-class household, and also this relocate to Manhattan was a huge and step that is exciting me personally. It absolutely was allowed to be simply me personally and my best-friend-and-roommate residing the life that is good without any guys around to complicate things. Me to say yes to dinner so it took George months of creative persuasion to finally get.
That date had been over two decades ago and after this George and I also are joyfully hitched with two kiddies, my surname is Santiago and our date that is first“story is told and retold several times.