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September 6, 2011

Via: Jerry Maguire

Jerry Maguire. One of my favorite movies of all time. I loved the movie. I loved the soundtrack. I even loved that kid who talked about the human head weighing 8 pounds. Or maybe he annoyed me? I’m not sure now. It was a long time ago. But basically, what I do remember, like almost everyone else, it completed me. It came out in 1996. I was only dating my ex-husband at the time. I was not a mother yet, and certainly never imagined I would be a single mother, at that. Life was easy, uncomplicated, and I…was in college.

A while back I had gone out with a friend. We went on one or two dates maybe a year ago. Whatever the reason, timing, life, chemistry, Robbie dragging from my leg…we never went out again. But we remained friends. Especially when he once sent me a text that said “You are the only girl that makes me laugh.” Guys take note. We like those texts. We do not like these texts: Real Texts From Real Men,  Real Texts From Real Men, Real Texts From Real Men , Real Texts From Real Men.

While we were out, he regaled me with his dating stories. Girls gone right, girls gone wrong, and girls gone downright wild. I may, with his permission, have an entire entry dedicated to some of the stories he told me. Trust me when I say it would be worth it. As I watched him speak, I realized: I didn’t know this side of him. When we had gone out he was quiet, conservative. I thought possibly a virgin. Turns out he, and I mean this in the nicest way possible as he is a loyal Darcy reader…is kind of a slut. Sometimes several girls in a week.
“Who are you? I didn’t know this is what you are all about. Making out with girls on stoops every night? Who would have guessed?” I said finally. Intrigued that he had such a wild side.

Later that evening, when I was home, tucked into my bed, watching 90 minutes of Andy Cohen genius otherwise known as the Real Housewives Of New York City Reunion, I received a text from him.
“On our first date I kept thinking about the movie Jerry Maguire- where the guy was like ‘the single mom is sacred.'”
I smiled. I thought it was cute. This was Dr. Heart’s way of explaining why he was so measured with me. This wasn’t the first time I had heard this. Although, the first time I had heard it was in another form. On a date a few years ago, the guy had told me that his friend asked him if he was going to “Jerry Maguire that shit.” I thought it was funny. I still do. I always have an inclination towards the innapropriate. Besides, I like the idea of turning Jerry Maguire into a verb.

The Darcy Dictionary:
Jerry Maguire:
noun: A movie and or leading character in a movie.
verb: To date a single mom.: I am so gonna Jerry Maguire that shit.
adjective: 1.To be so completely passionate about your job to the point where you write a mission statement that makes you the laughing stock of the office. : That e-mail you cc’d me, the one to our boss that was a little creepy and over the top? It was a little Jerry Maguire-esque.
2. To be man enough to date a single mom.
(If you would like more Darcy Dictionary please see Spray And Wash)

But here is the thing guys: dating a mom is cool. Moms are the best. If you get thirsty they will always have a juice box in their bag, and a matchbox car in their coat pocket if you get bored. They understand responsibility and unconditional love. And most importantly, they know who they are. Which is pretty darn sexy. Maybe Rod Tidwell was right. The single mom is sacred. It takes a real man to date a single mom. The ones I know and the ones I have dated have been great at this, which goes without saying as we wouldn’t have made it very far otherwise. So to all you Jerry Maguires out there. You rock. And you… complete me.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. HL BISE permalink
    September 7, 2011 1:33 pm

    I enjoyed this post so much, that I read it twice (on the subway)! And I so don’t have the head to date, right know, which is probably why I live/read vicariously through you, Darcy Dates…keep
    ’em coming!

    • September 10, 2011 9:47 pm

      I can’t tell you what that means to me! I am glad my awkward moments are a help to someone else 🙂 hang in there! And get yourself out there dating!

  2. September 10, 2011 10:28 pm

    I loved Jerry Maguire and I totally support adding it to our lexicon 🙂 Funny post.

  3. September 17, 2011 7:21 am

    I am a single mom and because of my situation I always thought I’m the perfect girlfriend and here’s why: I have such a tight schedule I won’t be up in your face expecting you to be with me ALL the time. Also, I’m very appreciative of the smallest things. And, finally, in my free moments, I’m really ready to have fun, relax and enjoy myself.

    • September 18, 2011 10:40 pm

      Thanks for reading Jordan and thanks for your comment! I agree with being appreciative of the smallest things. A nice quiet evening with some good company does wonders for the soul…and some people take that for granted! But I bet you don’t. Good luck out there!

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