Tuesday, August 31, 2010

The Proposition

She stared at me with expectant eyes as her proposition hung precipitously there in the warm evening air.

Well?

She was young and pretty.  Perhaps in her early 20's, maybe even younger. I have to admit that I was instantly tempted, especially given the reality that I have recently been feeling every bit, and then some, of my two score and two years of age.

I paused, carefully considering my next move.  The truth was that I had come far to get to this point.  Plus, I had a 3 year old son to consider.  Had she noticed him? He was right there.  Then again, maybe she had clearly understood that he was with me, and that just made her want to all the more.  He is an adorable kid. I probably benefit from that more than I realize.

I took a quick glance around to see who might be looking. I was in my neighborhood after all. 

In that split second the thought also crossed my mind about how this would reflect on my perception of my own manliness.  Like it or not, there is a certain measure of male pride at stake when considering such a proposal.

Finally, after seeing no familiar faces, I decided I'd just throw caution to the wind.

"Uh...yeah, sure.  I could use some help out with those." I responded as I looked from my son to the cart, which was loaded full of grocery bags.

And I gotta tell you, it made things a lot easier.

16 comments:

PJ Mullen said...

Well done, the grocery store dance can be a tricky one.

Julianna said...

Never say No to help my friend.. regardless if sh'e 20 or 90...never say NO. :) -J

Lady Mama said...

You had me wondering there for a second - I was all, wow, I've been away from blogging for a while, but WTH is going on here?

SciFi Dad said...

YOU DIDN'T!

I, I... it's like I don't even know you anymore.

Mrs. LIAYF said...

I wouldn't have said no.

Eric said...

Awww yeah BOI!!!!

Papa K said...

What would your wife think?

Homemaker Man said...

Wow. I could never do that.


What was it like??

Jack said...

I might have done the same.

DC Urban Dad said...

Dude?

john cave osborne said...

your secrets safe with me.

whore.

Steve said...

I think you need to play more hard to get.

Keith Wilcox said...

@John -- HAHAHAHA! Whore! :-)

Didactic Pirate said...

Some things are simply not done, Sir.

*slaps SeattleDad with white glove.*

Knatolee said...

You were smart to succumb to her charms!

Daddy Geek Boy said...

You grocery store stud.