I Saw You’re On Tinder

My boyfriend is a bit of a Renaissance Man. In addition to being a trained artist, skilled musician, IT guy, biochem nerd, and forward-thinking visionary, he’s also something of a privacy guru. So, every few months he scans the internet for our old usernames. Last night, he informed me he had discovered about fifteen sites linked to me, most of which were to be expected. However, there was one anomaly.

He chuckled as he said, “I saw you’re on Tinder.”

Recognizing the look of bewilderment on my face, he quickly explained that it was likely a false positive. Half asleep, I assured him I had never been on Tinder. “Oh, I know,” he assured me, before bursting into laughter.

We often joke about how the stars must have aligned for us to have met. I was in the online dating game for a total of three days, which just so happened to coincide with my boyfriend’s time there. I am terrible with directions, but I found my way to a new location for our first date. I have always been farcically oblivious to romantic interest; if you approach me to ask about the book I’m reading, that’s exactly what you’re going to get.

Reflecting back on most of my life, it’s quite clear I have some form of high-functioning autism.

Social cues? What are those?

Anyways, the laughter, right? My boyfriend’s first thought when he saw one of my old usernames being used on Tinder was that I was looking for pictures of cute dogs, and perhaps the opportunity to befriend someone with an especially cute dog.

He kept going, describing the scenario. I message Joe Schmoe on Tinder who has a picture with his golden retriever, Sunny. He invites me to coffee and I respond that, if it’s not too forward, I’d like to meet at his house instead. He agrees, sets the mood with lights and music, and then I show up and spend three hours petting Sunny. Then, I get tired and go home, taking with me the chocolate bar on the counter. “See you tomorrow, Sunny!”

He’s not wrong.

We don’t really celebrate Female Love Reassurance and Gift Exchange Day, but discovering that your partner may have a Tinder account could really spoil the mood. So, that fact that my partner not only trusts me not to cheat, but understands my idiosyncrasies and can joke about what a spectacular failure any attempts would result in, makes me all the more certain that he is my person.

And, if we were to ever break up, I think I would probably be single forever.

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  1. This is hilarious, Erin! Love the Tik Tok video of the golden retriever. I agree, that would be worth going back for a second date for… πŸ™‚ I’m so happy that you two fit each other so wonderfully!

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    1. The puppy video makes me melt–sooo cute!! I am so grateful every day that we found each other because it really does feel like we are the perfect match…. something I wish everyone could experience! πŸ™‚

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  2. The concepts of “Having trust in each other” and “Understanding each other’s idiosyncrasies” in the same sentence . . . now that’s awesome. I’m convinced those are two big reasons why my wife and I have survived life’s highs and lows. They’re both so very important. Love the humor that you both bring to your relationship. Too funny. Happy for you.

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    1. Thanks, Brian! I am thrilled to hear you and your wife share the same qualities. My partner and I have also been through a lot over the past 10 years and I think the trust paired with *really* listening to and understanding one another plus diffusing any tension with humor has been our recipe for success. It’s easy in theory, but I think all three can be challenging for folks.

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  3. Erin, this is so funny but also so genuine. What a great relationship you have, with the trust factor so important. T Swift and cats made me think of my youngest, who would have that many if she could with no objection from her partner in any way. They often will visit the local humane society or PetSmart just to pet the kitties and dream of bringing more home even though 16 yo Ashes and 9 yo Finn would be very unhappy.

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