It was my first day back from work after a 7-day cruise on the Carnival Horizon ship where I was doing everything for the first time. It was January 2nd, to be exact; I felt refreshed and happy to be back in the office. I guess I felt that way because it was a new year, so here I am off my “New Year, New Me” type of mood. The day was chill, it seemed like most of my co workers were still out due to the long break. Anybody who has ever worked the day after a holiday can relate to that kind of day. At about 12pm or so, the guards booth called my desk to tell me that I had a delivery. I’m sitting there confused as hell. Why would I have a delivery on a day like today…it wasn’t like I ordered lunch. I went outside to meet the delivery guy and signed for the delivery. I know your guess is that I am going to reveal what the delivery is but right now just hold up from being nosey real quick. When I went back in my office I was pondering so hard. Who would send me a delivery? Yes there was a card attached. It read “I didn’t say anything in 2018 but I’m saying something now” with a 202 phone number and a name. Now I’m quite sure no one reading this would know who the delivery was from but since he sent me an edible arrangement, edible arrangement is what his name shall be. Even though I didn’t know who edible arrangement was, I thought this was one of the most sweetest gestures ever. Not really ever, but ever is one of my favorite words to use lol. Anyways, because I was so taken aback by this sweet gesture I immediately texted my friends and asked them what to do. I was scared. I had no idea who edible arrangement was or what to do with the phone number he left in the card. One thing that I knew was that while he was bold as f*ck for reaching out to me like this, he left the ball in my court. What if I had never replied? What if I had never even gotten the delivery??
I figured it was no way he could have worked for my company because the location of my office was worded incorrectly, he got an A++ for the effort though. My friends all suggested two things: A. Text the number and block it in the case that it was someone I didn’t want to talk to / B. Call the number from my work phone so he couldn’t have my cell phone number.
I opted for suggestion A. Texting edible arrangements turned out to be one of the best decisions I ever made. I remember when I texted him. He seemed so excited, even through texts. The man saw me one day, maybe in July or so 2018. He came into my office for an interview dressed in plain clothes. I remembered him explaining how his basement flooded the night before and that a lot of his clothes and belongings were ruined. I let him know that he couldn’t interview in unprofessional attire and that I would gladly reschedule him. I didn’t remember all these details down to the t, he did. I remembered him walking into the office though. He thought it was kind of me to help him out. Me doing my job earned me that mysterious and surprising edible arrangement to my office on January 2nd. Six or seven months had went past and this man thought about doing that. “Send me a picture of you next to the fruit”, he replied to one of my messages.
That conversation was cool. I learned that he had just turned 31, on Jan 1st actually. I was low key wow’ed at the fact that he had this sent the day after his birthday. How selfless. He planned our first date, which was to Eddie V’s in Tyson’s. I’m still off my “new year, new me” type of mood and so I wanted to step it up a bit. I wore a cute outfit. These checkered stretchy pants, a black body suit, some black steve madden booties and my black leather jacket. I had been on some dates before but for some reason this date felt like a real real date. Maybe in my head this time I was in it for the “real date” experience. Who knows, I guess I was just really flattered at the thought that someone at the way this guy decided to shoot his shot. NO shade to the dms or the confidence in approaching a woman in person. Could just sending a random edible arrangement been him playing it safe? I don’t know. His reason for waiting so long was because he felt like it wasn’t a good time at the time when he first saw me. My assumption was that he meant financially. That wasn’t something I had confirmed until a few conversations later. All I know was that this man expressed how lucky he was everyday leading up to that Friday (the night of the date).
On my way out of the door for this date, I was running late as a mug. Edible arrangement told me to meet him at 8:30pm and I insisted on driving. I was speeding down 95 talking to Lover on the phone. I had on one shirt: it was a black tank top underneath a black mesh shirt and my girls (my boobs) was looking real…perky. They ain’t that big, but I definitely did not want to send the wrong message. I can recall showing Lover my top on facetime and she saying it was cute. Brova, who is her husband aka The Music Dude, on the other hand, suggested that I change my shirt. Now luckily for me, The Music Dude is always there with the “male perspective” advice. I agreed with Brova because, I already got a big butt and I didn’t want all of me on blast. I had brought an extra shirt out of the house just in case I needed to quickly make a adjustment. I wanted to be girly and sexy but my biggest concern was to be comfortable. If I was comfortable, then I’d be able to just be myself without worrying.
Besides, something had to be left for the mystery. I got there just in the knick of time. I pulled into the garage and quickly found a spot. Before I got out of the car, swiftly changed my shirt, lined my lips with my nyx mocha lip liner and quickly swiped some clear gloss on. As soon as I was finished, I called EA (Edible Arrangement) to let him know that I had parked in the garage. By this time I was sliding my seat back so that I can slide into my heels. He was coming down to meet me. The most awkward part of this situation although I looked cute, was that my pants were so stretchy, they kept falling down my hips. I didn’t have a belt. As cute as these pants were, I could not keep them up. Despite that though, I still had to keep it classy lol. I got out of my car and walked towards where I thought EA would be, when I realized we were both technically lost in the garage trying to find each other. I was glad I looked good but I got nervous when the reality of the fact that I had only seen this guy one time set in. I didn’t quite remember what he looked like. I started feeling like I was on a blind damn date.
The First Date.
The first time we saw each other, it was like a “oh hey”, kind of feeling. EA wasn’t a bad looking guy. He was brown skin, milk-chocolately and he was tall. I had on heels and he was still taller than me. I’d give him about 6’0. I love me a chocolate complexion so yeah, he was aight.
I was trying to make it feel as regular as possible. We hugged, greeted each other and headed towards the restaurant. We couldn’t go to Eddie V’s because EA didn’t make a reservation, so we went to Coastal Flats inside of the mall instead.
Like any other guy I’ve been out with: the funniest part about meeting someone for the first time is watching them figure out how to get a good look at my booty without being hot. No matter the dude, they all try to sneak that look man. They all do this thing where I could be walking right beside them and then they’ll suddenly slow their walk down so that I can walk ahead of them. Whenever I’d catch them in the act their face would look like this:
Yall not slick -_-. Anyways, EA did it, I had to keep it moving though because if I had slowed down, my pants would have continued to fall. It’s always weird to play it off like I know that someone isn’t falling back to try and look, but that’s how it be though. The worst part is when they try to have a conversation from behind me. It’s reallll annoying lol.
Being around EA was alright during dinner. I spent most of the time practicing looking into his eyes while he spoke. He spoke a lot, mainly about his family. The first date is always kind of like neutral and so I left it at that. It was alright though, I had decided to give him another date if he asked me out again because overall he seemed to be good company. The best part of the date was when EA was paying the bill. He claimed to have a surprise for me but the surprise was at another location.
WTF. Tf he mean another location??
Out of my comfort zone I go. While I was in the bathroom, he texted me the address to the surprise location. And I agreed to meet him there. We left the restaurant and walked back to our cars. I put the addy to the surprise location in Waze and headed there. I almost wanted to cheat and look up the addy on google, but then I would be pushing myself back into my comfort zone if I did. When I finally got to the surprise location, I had actually realized I was pulling into the parking lot of Top Golf. It was a cute surprise lol. It was different, EA had actually thought outside of the box. I had never been so I was actually excited to go. Unfortunately we got there when they were about to close so we couldn’t play, but I had really appreciated the thought of it being a surprise. We ended up going to the movies instead.
Edible Arrangement was aightttt with me. It was just one date, but he managed to keep a smile on my face during our time together that night. We continued to converse after that night. One of our most memorable conversations was about what we were lookin for: whether we was looking for something serious, dating, etc. I let him know that I had been casually dating but that it had never been consistent. He on the other hand, expressed that he wasn’t looking for anything serious but if he met someone then he’d see where things were going. EA emphasized that he wasn’t quite looking for a relationship. He did however, express interest in growing with someone and doing the family did if the opportunity presented itself. We dated, no boyfriend/girlfriend but at times it sure felt like it. He called every morning, during his lunch and got a grasp of when I got off so he called then too. He always asked how my day was and asked if I ate lunch. He even cash app’ed me lunch money a few times, unexpectedly. He’s on his A game. And I can tell he was trying really hard not to mess it up. Everything seemed to be going well so far. He continued planning dates and we continued hanging out, I was feeling like I was interested.
I would continue to giving more details about what I’m getting to regarding this story about Edible Arrangement buttttt:
- If you’ve been following my blogs you know damn well I’m not about to give up the tea that easily
- I’m doing you a favor by giving you back the rest of your day. Thank me later 🙂
All I can say is, Edible Arrangement was really showing me that he was damn close to being Mr. Perfect and for that, I kept seeing him.
Part II to Why Nice Guys Finish Last dropping 6.24.19