I love hiking and jogging and speed walking. I would walk often around a lake after work–just to get a few miles in and listen to some music. The guy I was dating knew this. One day I said I was planning on going on a walk after work a few times that week–he then asked if I’d want to go on a walk with him that weekend. There was a lagoon around where he lived. Sure! I thought that sounded great–I am always looking to change it up and find interesting and safe places to do a jog or a speed walk and it’s fun to do it with someone.
So that weekend I showed up at his place all prepared–yoga pants, running shoes, sunscreen, water bottle–everything for my usual jogging, speed walking or hiking endeavor. I was confused since he was in flip flops, nice pants and a button down collared shirt. I asked him if he was going to change, and he said no–he had just put that on in preparation for our walking date. I have never seen anyone exercise in flip flops and a button down collared shirt.
We got to the lagoon and I was ready to take off, but he started walking really slow and wanting to have a leisurely conversation. I told him when he asked if I wanted to “walk” around the lagoon, right after I mentioned speed walking or jogging after work, I assumed that’s what he had in mind. He said that the walk he had in mind was just a leisurely, romantic stroll date. Um…that would have been nice if that were better communicated to me. I would have at least showed up in something cute and not make-up less in yoga pants.