Yes, ladies and gentlemen, “cuffing season” is upon us once again. I know this topic is played out for many, but there are others who are just now learning about it. Stories about its meaning and origin have made the news a lot lately. No lie! They had a special segment with a “relationship expert” and everything on the D.C. morning news last week. Real talk. Did anybody see it?
Urbandictionary.com defines cuffing season as follows:
“During the Fall and Winter months people who would normally rather be single or promiscuous find themselves along with the rest of the world desiring to be “Cuffed” or tied down by a serious relationship. The cold weather and prolonged indoor activity causes singles to become lonely and desperate to be cuffed.”
So here is my story.
I’m used to the out-of-the-blue “Sup Lady?” or “What’s New?” texts or e-mails as soon as it gets cold. This year has been no different. I think cuffing season started a little later for the east coast this year because we’ve had a mild Fall. The first message came last week from someone I didn’t know who found me through a social networking site. It went a little something like this…
[Note: There was a four-day gap between the initial “Hey” and the follow-up “Hey” because I was waiting to see if there would be more, you know, meaningful engagement. There wasn’t.]
“How are you?”
“I’m great. And you?”
“I hope I’m not bothering you.”
“No, you’re not. Is there anything in particular I can help you with? Or are you just being friendly?”
“Well actually I just wanted to say “hello”. I hope I’m not bothering you.”
“Well “hello” back! And no, you’re not bothering me!”
“Ok. Thank you.”
“….” –> [I thought this was the end but it turned out to be another two-day gap.]
“Well honestly I saw on your profile that you work at the DMV and I wanted to talk to you about getting a license. I’m here on a Visa (B1 and B2) and nobody else has answers to my questions.”
“Ok. So. I don’t actually work at the DMV, I work and live in the DMV. DMV = D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. Not Department of Motor Vehicles.”
“Oh ok. I did not know that. I am new to this area.”
“No problem. Now that you’re here, you’ll hear that term a lot. Good luck to you!”
“Thank you. I’m really sorry that I bothered you.”
Ok. So yeah, no. Not a cuffing season story at all, actually.
Until next time…
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