Relationship

Blind date: ‘I showed him my wedding dress’


Lynda on Roy

What were you hoping for?
“The one”. Failing that, a pleasant break from the awful news.

First impressions?
Friendly and calm. Nice flowery shirt, sparkly Christmas tree, lovely eyes.

What did you talk about?
Our professions. Family. Dating. How we’ve been spending lockdown, which box sets we’ve watched. Does one ever “grow up”? We thought not.

Any awkward moments?
When I asked his thoughts on men preferring younger women, but got distracted, so didn’t get his answer (I’d had a bit of wine). Oh, and when I showed him my wedding dress!

Good table manners?
I didn’t notice any bad ones.

How long did you stay on the call?
Almost three hours.

Best thing about Roy?
How much he loves his children. He was very open, with a good sense of humour. He laughed a bit too heartily when I said I was 39 (it was a joke).

Would you introduce him to your friends?
Some of them, eventually.

Describe Roy in three words
Quite attractive (blurry screen), funny and a good conversationalist.

What do you think he made of you?
Interesting, funny and not 39.

Any connection issues?
Roy took a while to “check in”.

And… did you swap numbers?
Yes.

How did the call end?
We agreed it would be good to meet up. Roy said as friends.

If you could change one thing about the evening, what would it be?
To meet in the flesh. I thought Roy was an attractive man, and I don’t mean just looks. But it’s difficult to tell on a screen whether there’s any spark.

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Marks out of 10?
A solid eight.

Would you meet in real life?
Yes, I would like to.

Roy on Lynda

What were you hoping for?
I had no expectations at all.

First impressions?
She seemed really nice.

What did you talk about?
Teaching, therapy, friendship and marriage, dating, among many other things. Lynda even met one of my kidults, as my daughter brought through my order.

Any awkward moments?
Lynda had the foresight to have ordered first. I thought we were meant to order together, like in a restaurant, so I was looking through a menu and couldn’t see her, but she could see me on screen, probably frowning and panicking. My face doesn’t lie, apparently.

Good table manners?
Impeccable.

How long did you stay on the call?
Three hours.

Best thing about Lynda?
Honest, fun and open, easy to talk to.

Would you introduce her to your friends?
Yes, I think they would like her.

Describe Lynda in three words
Easy-going, open, lovely.

What do you think she made of you?
She said she was expecting a real laugh, so I hope I made her smile.

Any connection issues?
None.

And… did you swap numbers?
We did. I think we could chat quite a lot, and would enjoy it if she came to London, or me to East Sussex.

How did the call end?
Quite happily, I think.

If you could change one thing about the evening, what would it be?
I would have ordered before the call.

Marks out of 10?
7.5.

Would you meet in real life?
Yes.

• Fancy a blind date? Email blind.date@theguardian.com.

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