First Date #49 – How it went

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I took the bus to Dublin for our second date. She met me where the bus drops off, and we walked to a bus. Glasnevin Cemetery isn’t too far, but she suggested taking the bus. The cemetery is impressive. The historical significance of some of it’s residents cannot be overstated. Here is a short list of important people buried there:

Daniel O’Connell, Charles Stewart Parnell, Michael Collins, Éamon de Valera, Arthur Griffith, Maude Gonne, Kevin Barry, Roger Casement, Constance Markievicz, Pádraig Ó Domhnaill, Seán MacBride, Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa, James Larkin, Brendan Behan, Christy Brown and Luke Kelly.

The National Botanic Gardens are adjacent to the cemetery, and we took a stroll around there too. Between the two places, she shared an awful lot about herself and the history of both places. I seemed to impress her when there was a grave that mentioned “The Rising of the Moon”, and she didn’t know what that was. Thanks to the Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem, I had been familiar with the song and story since I was a wee lad. I thoroughly enjoyed the date, and we even had tea before and after the walks. We took a long walk back to the center of town, and I gave her a hug goodbye.

Our schedules were busy for the next couple weeks, so we weren’t going to be able to meet up again for a while. I suggested a phone call, and she agreed. An hour before the call, I received the following text:

“Hi Sean I’ve given it a bit of thought and I don’t want to waste your time but I’m just not feeling the connection I’m looking for. Wishing you you the best.”

Looking back, I think it was a mistake to be so hands off with her. I was super attracted, but I had it in my head that she was keeping her distance for the sake of her father. I don’t think that was it at all, I think I should have made my intentions much clearer. I acted like a scared little boy because I had immediately put her on a pedestal. Walking on eggshells as a way of getting to know somebody is not getting to know somebody. I was sad, and I was pissed at myself. Hopefully, I will learn from that lesson.

(Last Dated – September 2021)