The oracle of dating by allison van diepen
Lead-up to relationship: weeks of note-writing and flirting, a subtle ass-grab at a school dance and a kiss behind the portables. Activities: playing video games, kissing in his basement, playing more video games. I never laugh at a client’s concerns or get too preachy.
We chatted online for a couple of weeks before he finally asked me out. It would’ve helped a lot to have someone to talk to during those relationships; someone nonjudgmental and anonymous like the Oracle of Dating would have been perfect.
Today Tracey is wearing fresh unscuffed New Balance sneakers.
Dad is in tech, and I don’t want Tracey to end up with a guy like him. And when none of my arguments worked, I started to cry.
It was actually her best friend, Corinne, who called me the in the first place. Nothing would make me happier than to find a great match for Tracey.
She’s an amazing sister, and never makes me feel like a pain when I call her.
His gaming addiction resulted in a thumb injury for which medical care was required, and he was unable to hold my hand due to a thumb splint. I decided there was only one solution—to put off dating until college, when the scales of maturity will start to balance.
Conflict: He often wouldn’t answer the phone because he didn’t want to interrupt his video game. I wish I could’ve given myself better advice at the time, but it’s hard to see clearly when you’re emotionally involved.