Another evening in the Shidduchim household. Subject: the current girl under scrutiny for Also4.
Mr. S: I thought he ruled out girls from B’nei Brak?
Mrs. S: No, he seems very interested in her.
Mr. S: Well I’m pretty sure I remember him saying he wasn’t interested in B’nei Brak.
Mrs. S: I guess not because he wants to go out with her.
Mr. S: (frustrated) It’s so hard to keep up with the latest whims of our dating children.
Bad4: (gently clears throat)
Mr. S: Yes, both of them. (pointed look in Bad4’s direction)
Mrs. S: Yes, I have to keep checking with Bad4 that we’re on the same page.
Mr. S: So, what sort of guy are you looking for today, Bad4?
Bad4: Forever learner, minimum 2 foot long beard.
Mr. S: (choking noise)
Mrs. S: Well, we’ll have to see what we can do.
Bad4: It’s a limited time offer, some restrictions may apply. Offer ends oh-two-oh-eight-two-thousand-ten.
Mr. S: Then we’d better move fast.
Okay, yes, I have retrenched a little since my first date. But I don’t think I’ve changed my criteria much in, oh, a year or so. And I don’t mean the beard length – I’m not that detailed. But sometimes we debate the details.
I mean, I have said things like “Yech, nobody from LA,” or “No pre-med, please.” But that doesn’t mean I really want anyone with those characteristics to be rejected outright without my examining their stats for redeeming factors. And sometimes the parentals will rule out a potential for reasons of their own. That always freaks me out a bit, even though they’re usually right.
Because, a guy can’t help where he was born; at the very least, you know the guy from LA is going to look pretty sharp in his suit and you’ll get an encouraging wink from the waiter instead of the usually sympathetic smile. Pre-med… can’t think of anything offhand that could redeem that, but you never know.
So… yeah, it does pay for the parents to double-check with me – not once a month, but with each particular guy. Is that so unreasonable?