Day 33/365: Courtship, The Do’s and Dont’s

February 2, 2011 (Wednesday)

Do you believe if courtship is still a practice?

The rules of courtship change, and as with everything in life, different rules apply for different personalities. Here is a rough and ready primer that takes you through a few do’s and don’t’ s before you get married (they are both for him and her).

DO’S (For Her)

* Tell him you adore his muscles
* Roll your eyes in disgust whenever the subject of your ex-boyfriend comes up
* Remember to compliment his mother on her culinary skills
* Pay attention to his little sister’s hobbies and heartbreaks
* Offer to pay occasionally on a date if you’re both earning comparable salaries. If you insist on going dutch all the time, more power to you.
* Compliment his taste in clothes/food/décor/music/art. Whatever applies.
* Tell him you love him. Often.

For him

* Tell her she looks beautiful
* Refrain from making hooting noises when a bombshell walks past the two of you.
* Hold her hand at the most schmaltzy moment in a romantic film.
* Tolerate, even sing along to `your song’.
* Avoid all comparisons with your ex’s.
* Burn your black book.
* Be a gentleman. Pick her up and drop her to her home on a date. Open the door for her. Guide her through crowds. It is always appreciated.
* Call after a wonderful evening and tell her it was wonderful.
* Call when you say you will call.
* Send her flowers.

DONT’S (For her)

*Don’t let him ever see you with your green cucumber face mask
* Don’t Pee with the door open
* Don’t discuss your menstrual cycle
* Don’t try to make him jealous by flirting with the stud at the bar
* Don’t refer to his mother as that woman
* Don’t forget the deodorant
Don’t buy him gifts that are too expensive until you are exclusively a couple.

For him

* Don’t belch, fart, nosepick or do any unmentionable scratching in front of her
* Don’t rush to grab a seat in the theatre before she does.
* Don’t order for her from the menu
* Don’t expect to be forgiven for everything.
* Don’t forget any anniversary/birthday or momentous occasion
* Don’t fail to comment on a change of hairstyle or a new outfit
* Don’t forget the names of her best friends/siblings/great aunt/ godmother
* Don’t expect her to sink into your bed just because you paid for the dinner and the disc
* Don’t buy her personal gifts like lingerie or clothes until you are sure of her tastes. Or until you know her sizes right.
* Don’t buy utility items as gifts. A toaster is not romantic. Nor is a handblender.

Day 33/365

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