In the July 4 Daily Mail, Sarah Bridge asks, “Are women like me too critical to attract a man?”
Here’s an excerpt:
Single at the age of 39, I’ve often wondered why none of my relationships lasted the distance, but had always put it down to luck and timing — assuming I had neither on my side.
But recently, my friend Steven threw some cold, harsh light on the subject.
“Your problem is that you’re really snippy,” he said.
“Snippy?” I asked, not entirely sure what he meant.
“Yes, snippy,” he said. “Abrupt. Critical. If someone says or does something wrong, then you’re onto it straight away. Men will ignore a lot of things if they fancy someone — a weird dress sense, or taking hours getting ready to go out — but they hate being put down or made to feel small. You can be funny, but sometimes it’s way too close for comfort.”
Now, should you read the original piece online, which includes two photos of the writer, you may have other ideas about why Bridge remains unattached.
However, even I felt my inner Jezebel rousing herself from hibernation while reading this article.
We are “freaks of nature.”
So unlike the women who so annoy Adam Carolla in the audio segment below, I do know about World War II. And a lot of other things.
No one asks to play Trivial Pursuit with me twice. I made one opponent cry.
My therapist back in the 1990s, all too aware of my temperament, once asked me a very ‘90s question:
“Would you rather be happy, or would you rather be right?”
I didn’t hesitate: “Being right makes me happy.”
I’ve mellowed a bit with age since then.
A precocious 48 year old is just the sort of contradiction in terms that sets off my “autocorrect,” so that aspect of my temperament has partially collapsed under its own weight.
(Also, for the last three years, I’ve lived with my 87-year-old mother-in-law, who insists, among many other things, that penguins can fly…)
However, if you ask me if I’ve ever been on vacation in Cuba – a question that comes up fairly regularly here in Toronto – I’m still going to respond that no, as a matter of fact, I do not holiday in communist prison camps, thank you very much.