At Face Value


Mark was a good-looking bartender at an upscale restaurant, full of confidence. He’d say his face was his moneymaker and that you need to use what your mama gave you.
Mark went onto Bumble to find a date. He waited until a woman messaged him (that’s how Bumble works). Her photo showed a good-looking blonde with a great smile. His photo showed a strong guy with a stylish beard, brown eyes, and an adorable face. Mark messaged her back right away. Samantha liked the face and agreed to go on a date.
Mark, being from Texas, picked a classy restaurant. As a bartender, he knew where to go. Samantha met him there, and he pulled out her chair for her.
Why? Because he’s from Texas.
Over drinks and appetizers, Samantha’s personality began to emerge. She wasn’t as polite as the girls that he knew back home. As the conversation continued, he mentioned that he went to church every Sunday.
“Why?” she asked.
Mark almost choked on his bruschetta.
“Why do YOU do anything?” he asked.
Mark had his arms crossed over his chest at this point. He couldn’t believe how rude the girl was being, or maybe for California, it wasn’t considered rude.
The conversation grew awkward after that. Mark had been himself, and Samantha had challenged a big part of his life, on the first date. Mark went ahead and picked up the whole tab.
Why? Because that’s what a gentleman from Texas does.
Mark thanked Samantha for her time, and they parted ways.

Couldda Wouldda Shouldda
If Mark would’ve discussed his faith with Samantha, he would’ve learned that she’d had a negative experience in a church at an early age. They would’ve connected on a deeper level and would’ve agreed to try a second date. Both would admit that there was no chemistry there, and even though they both found the other one attractive, they couldn’t get past the difference in beliefs. Mark would invite Samantha to try church with him, and she would flatly tell him no. Thus would end the forced attempt to fall in love.

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