Ethiopian Courtship & Jennifer Love Hewitt

Did you know that there’s an old tradition in the Ethiopian countryside that entails a boy throwing a lemon at a girl when he likes her and perhaps wants her to be his wife. No joke. That’s what my guide said while I was there in March. I was like, Really? Throws a lemon? Like, hard? No, no, no, I was assured. Just enough to make a point. AND if the girl picks it up, that means she likes him. Talk about simplicity. No negotiating feelings or wondering. Lemon, chest, done.

It’s easy to make lemonade from these lemons.

Somehow this reminds me of an article I read in WebMD about Jennifer Love Hewitt’s new book and her 5 bits of dating wisdom. (Everyone has a dating book these days.) Yes, I know how this sounds. While I do catch The Ghost Whisperer from time to time because what else is on Friday nights (nothing), I’ve never subscribed to anything Love has said. About anything. I didn’t even watch Party of 5. However, she made a good point about not dressing up your date to fit the mold you want him to fit AND that whatever a guy is telling you about himself and what he wants, that is EXACTLY and without fail what he means.

For instance:

If a guys says something along the lines of You should be wooing me he literally means You should be wooing me and not I want to woo you.

If a guy says I’m not sure I’m interested in a serious relationship, he means I’m not sure I’m interested in a serious relationship and not I’m not sure I’m interested in a serious relationship with anyone but you.

If a guy says I think I might need to date men, he means I think I might need to date men (i.e. He’s gay) and not I think I might need to date men…JUST KIDDING! I was just testing you to see if you really like me. Now let’s go have sex because I love women.

And when he says I like you and am not interested in anyone else, he does not mean I want to have sex with every single woman in the world (especially my ex girlfriend you are inexplicably jealous of) except you.

Basically, ladies, stop looking for hidden meaning in the words of men because you will be wrong.

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