On The Time He Asked Me To Go Out with ‘His Wife And Kids’

wife and kids photoGoing on a date was the only item left on my bucket list during my senior year in college. It was Spring semester of my final year and all other items on my task list had been checked off. Now, if I could get this one checked off, I would have left feeling pretty accomplished.

We worked in the school bookstore together. Ever since my first day working there several months ago, he always showed me extra attention. It was quite obvious that he was interested.

He had asked me out several times, but I always gave him an excuse, I’m busy; I’ll be doing my hair. I’m going out of town, but this one particular Friday morning, I agreed to go see a movie with him. His face lit up. He was smiling harder than I had ever seen him before. “How about about I bring my wife and kids?” he asked.

“Excuse me?” I asked him, shocked about what my ears were hearing.

“How about I bring my wife and kids?” he repeated.

I was stunned. Have you been so shocked that you couldn’t even move or respond, for how is one supposed to respond to such an outlandish request. First of all, what kind of man would flirt with his co-worker for several months and when she finally agrees to go on a date with him, he asks her if it’s okay to bring his wife and children? I was over him at that instant. I gave him the cold shoulder the rest of the day.

Later that evening, my phone rang, it was Mr.-Wife-And-Kids. I ignored the call. Then, Mr. Wife-And-Kids sent me a text that read, what time are we going to the movies? Finally, I figured that I would be the mature adult and return his call.

“Hey! So, what time you wanna hit up the movies?” he said excitedly.

“I don’t think I want to go to the movies with you and your wife and kids,” I said.

“WHAT?!” he exclaimed.

“Yeah, you asked me to go to the movies with you, your wife and kids today. Remember?”

Silence took over the conversation for several minutes, until he shouted, “Yaa Yaa, what are you talking about? I don’t even have a wife or kid!”

He paused for a second, and then continued, “I was asking you if you had seen the movie with Chris Rock called, “I Think I Love My Wife.” I’m always forgetting the names of movies.

“Oh.” I responded feeling like an idiot.

“You know, Yaa. Never mind. You don’t seem like you’re interested in a guy like me. You should have just asked me what I said, instead of jumping to conclusions. I’m not that kind of guy.”

And just like that, the only item on my task list during my senior year in college was left unchecked.

5 thoughts on “On The Time He Asked Me To Go Out with ‘His Wife And Kids’

  1. Cackling! This would totally happen to me 😂😂 I don’t understand why he was so upset about it though? “A guy like me…” he sounds really salty about something.

    I think it’s awesome that we can see how your life changed over time. Did your husband act like this when you were dating?

    Also, I love the you tell stories. I just feel myself relaxing as I read, and sinking right into the narrative. Your writing voice is a calming one, if that makes sense? I just love it.

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  2. Oh, I’ve had a similar experience in terms of dealing with a guy and being on different paths. I’m awkward and didn’t really know how to handle that. And honestly, I think it was just too much of a difference.

    The guy in this story struck me as being kind of sensitive, like he was offended about something. I guess I hear a lot of “I knew right away” type of stories when people talk about their spouses, and I was wondering if things with your husband started off a little patchy at first but then worked out.

    And I’d read your book!


    • I think so too, and I think he knew it. That’s probably why he was being salty.

      Oh okay! I definitely don’t have an “I knew right away story.” Lol. My husband and I met through a mutual friend, so that already made our introduction a lot more relaxed. He studied medicine in Nigeria and was pursuing an MBA. I studied public health in graduate school and as part of my internship, traveled to Nigeria to conduct research and had really embraced the culture while I was there. So, we started off with a lot of commonalities to build upon. That made our interaction a lot different than the interaction I had with Mr. Wife and Kids. Given this, though, it still took me a long time to realize that he was the one. He says he knew after our 2nd date. I didn’t know until our 2nd year of dating lol. What can I say? I take my time lol

      Aww, thank you 🙂

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