Being single again after a 5 year long relationship is weird because looking back I see we stalled somewhere between the “crusty pyjama bottoms” stage and the “we’re really doing this now” stage. Now I’m starting all over again and realizing it can take a LONG TIME before you really get to know someone. Here are the stages you can expect to go through:
THE FAKE IT TIL YOU MAKE IT STAGE
“You’re into rock climbing? I love rock climbing!” “Paddle boarding? All the time.” “They’re your favourite band? Mine too.” “Your Winnie the Pooh lower back tattoo is cute!” Expect to use one or all of these in the early stages.
THE ARE WE A COUPLE NOW STAGE
You like seeing this person naked and you’d like to do that more often without having to drop $100 for dinner and drinks every time – should you make it official? Why does it feel like a middle school check-the-box letter? Do you like me/do you LIKE like me/Maybe.
THE STAY IN AND WATCH NETFLIX STAGE
What did you do this weekend? Nothing. And it was great. You’re binge-watching shows for 7 hours together and just loving the cozy feeling of not having to try so hard to impress them all the time.
THE CRUSTY PYJAMA BOTTOMS STAGE
You come home and immediately ditch your “outside” clothes in favour of your saggy old sweats because they’re so comfortable, and your partner is doing the same. Open acceptance of bodily functions may or may not become part of the equation around this stage.
THE WE’RE REALLY DOING THIS STAGE
You have joint custody of a cat together and you know their PIN so why not take it to the next step? Your long term plans used to be “what should we do this weekend” but now it’s more like “what should we do with our RRSPs?” Welcome to adulthood.
THE FARMER’S MARKET STAGE
You’re past the all-night partying and past all the drama and now a fun weekend includes a trip to Rona and then the farmer’s market for some organic vegetables. Is it strawberry season yet? We should start canning some of these.