“Oh, I left my earrings at your house last night, can I come get them?”
“Hmm, I seem to have left my cell phone somewhere in your bedroom last night, looks like we’ll have to meet up today, doesn’t it?”
We all remember these classic dating ploys – used as an excuse to pick up the conversation“the day after…” without appearing too desperate.
Little Noah Bradlee, five, successfully pulled the maneuver Friday evening – securing a second playdate with a deceptively casual execution.
“You can’t just call back to ask for a second playdate right away. It looks desperate,” said Bradlee from his parent’s Eighty-fifth Street apartment Monday evening. “But if you have a plausible excuse, you can usually figure something out. Now, if I had called and told her I left behind a Matchbox car or blocks or something, it never would have worked. It had to be something that I very desperately need. Emma (Goodrich, age 5), and I both know that I cannot be without my blankie for any significant amount of time without throwing a fit, so this particular ‘leave-behind,’ as I call them, was really A stroke of genius. Damn I’m good!”
Despite Bradlee’s recent success and surging confidence, a third date is looking unlikely for the scoundrel.
“He’s cute,” said Emma. “But I’m turned off by a guy who is still that attached to a blankie by age five. It reeks of momma’s-boy syndrome to me, and that’s just a huge turn-off”.