... said the Cougar.
Snort... I can't even write that without laughing. That is so not me and when/if any of you ever meet me in person, you will know I'm telling the truth!
Now, that being said, Sherri, your son (who's to-die-for good-looking) does indeed sound perfect for me (well, aside from the 20-year age difference). I really like liberal-minded, creative, traveling types and I have no problem with following (you did mean that as in, 'following him around the world', right?). However, no matter how wonderful his parents are (and I know for certain you are wonderful!) I'm not sure I'd feel so great about my boyfriend's mother being my age. I think that might be the definition of 'ooky'. Even worse (ookier still, if you will), it'd be weird that I think his dad's even hotter than he is. Damn. I think that might just be the definition of 'old'. But thanks for trying, my friend (and, as always, if you ever get tired of Big Al, you know you can point that Harley straight toward Pigsknuckle!).
And Chris? You're right. I am single because I choose to be... sort of. If I wanted, I could easily be in a relationship just to be in a relationship. If I just wanted sex or some companionship, I'd be golden. But I think I deserve better than that. I deserve to be in a relationship with someone whose personal values are in line with mine... someone who's at a similar point in life and moving in the same direction as I am... someone who can and wants to be a positive influence in my daughter's life... who will be the sort of man who says what he means and does what he says... who makes me feel all tingly inside and who will, eventually, love me beyond all reason. Someone who totally gets the essence that is Diane (OK, that still makes me laugh). That's what I deserve. That's what we all deserve. And, as sweet as he is, I really don't think I'm going to get all that from a 24-year-old, who's just starting out on this journey. So I'll keep looking. But I try hard not to close myself off from new people and new experiences, so coffee with The Boy? Coffee I'll do!