A while back I was invited out to lunch by two drop-dead-gorgeous 23-year-old guys. Hmmm Cougar Town here I come! Woo hoo!
I was surprised that they asked but I never hesitated when accepting the invitation. Hey a woman can’t let an opportunity of being wined and dined pass her by, now can she? After all, it’s not as if I have the men queuing up to take me out. Exactly.
I’ve known Bruce and Matthew since they were in preschool. And they were naughty little shits back in the day. Hmmm I think that they are still a little wild impulsive at times. But, I just love their spirit.
I cannot believe that they are now old enough to take me out on their own. Oh my God, where did the time go?
I was flattered. Hmmm eat your hearts out people! I have – not one, two – hot, hot dates!
I was a bit apprehensive. I’d heard all the hope-your-parents-never-find-out stories over the years. I’d seen some of their unruly partying and bouncing-off-the-wall antics with my own eyes whilst crossing fingers that my son never does the same. Sheesh I hope these guys have the ability to be responsible for a few hours.
But, I could relate. There was a time in my life when I also had an arrogant attitude towards life and believed that I was totally invincible. I cringe when thinking of some of the irresponsible things I did in my time. Oh, how I miss those days of uninhibited, carefree abandon.
I had doubt. I wondered how these two toy boys youngsters would cope with all the intricacies of taking a cougar quadriplegic lady out for a wild-night-out-on-the-town civilized lunch in a respectable restaurant. Although they had grown up around me, they had never been given the responsibility of doing anything for me. Oh well, the worst that could happen is that I would be embarrassed and have to pay for the pleasure – and possibly starve and die of thirst for a few hours.
I was amazed. They got me in and out of the car smoothly, without a problem. Oooh they are just so strong and able – with tight buns and bulging biceps – bodies to die for.
I was impressed. They are polite, considerate and human kindhearted. Mmmm bad boys true gentlemen.
I was in awe. They are so forward confident, ambitious, driven and focused on becoming responsible human beings with the desire for women to make a positive contribution to society by being successful. I was never so worldly or mature when I was their age. Hmmm I had to break my neck to learn most of my life lessons and turn 40 to become self-confident.
I was amused. They are incredibly funny, charming, intelligent and witty. They are comical and their jokes are dirty hilarious but respectful and in good taste. I haven’t laughed like that in ages – it’s so good for my soul.
I was surprised by their raw honesty and frankness. We chatted openly about life, relationships and their dreams for the future. Hmmm now I know all their sex… secrets. How much are you willing to pay me to reveal all?
We had an awesome time – eating good food and sipping on ice cold beers, on a hot summer’s afternoon. Hmmm drinking beer through a straw takes me right back to my student days. You spin me right round baby, right round, like a… hmmm those were the good old days. Besides, I wasn’t going to risk letting either one of them spill beer on my new outfit. The last thing I needed was to come home smelling like a brewery.
Bruce fed me comfortably without messing food on my clothes – not once. Sheesh, not even his dad does it copes so well.
I have a very soft spot for these boys. They have literally grown up, and matured, before my eyes. Yes! There is hope for my boy!
Even though we were out in public – and people tend to gape – eyes transfixed and mouths-wide-open – not once did Bruce or Matthew appear ashamed of me, my wheelchair or my inabilities. And that, puts me to shame. Because I would never have had the courage to even speak to a person with a disability at their age, let alone take them out to lunch.
Instead, they made me feel like the most special woman on the planet. I could lift my chin, defeating those staring eyes with a smirk on my face. Don’t you just wish you were sitting in my shoes right now?
I am proud, honoured and privileged to have been, and still be, a part of their lives.
Bruce Fargher and Matthew Cresswell thank you for making a difference to my life. I love you.