23 May 2008

Feast Week

It’s Fleet Week here in New York, and as I am lover of men in uniform, it has been a banquet feast for the eyes.

I only look, though.

The other day I ran into a group of military men at the corner café near my office. I saw a group of them at the breakfast bar as I paid for my coffee at the cashier station. They were all decked out in uniform. I sighed to myself as I left the deli.

One of the military men stopped me outside the door.

“Hi!” he said.

“Hello,” I replied.

“Are you Filipino?”

“Yes, I am.”

He smiled. “I knew it! I saw you inside the café and I wondered if you were Filipino. I love Filipino people! I was in Manila for awhile. I was stationed there, you see, and they were the nicest people I have ever encountered.”

“Some are, yes. They’re all especially nice to soldiers.” I joked with him.

We talked for a few minutes outside of the café. Essentially, he asked me out on a date. As much as I was flattered by his attention, I politely refused.

The thing is, he looked so damn young. I mean, when the hell did they start recruiting them so young? Or am I just getting old?

Before I left, I asked him his age. Just to make sure. As I suspected, he was way young.

Unseemly young.

I told him I was old enough to be his mother. He seemed genuinely shocked.

“But I thought you were my age.”

Thanks, Kid. You don’t even know how you just made my week.

“I still got it.” I thought to myself. I mentally patted myself on the back and went to work that day with a smile on my face.

Man, do I love Fleet Week.

11 comments:

  1. LOL...you Cougar you....that's an awesome compliment though. His lines weren't too bad either.

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  2. If you're only looking, you've got to be quite hungry. ;D
    Next time just say yes. You know you wanted to, after all if he's old enough to die for his country he's old enough to go out on a date. :P

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  3. I agree with -Papa. :)

    Men in uniform turn me into putty. They always have. My hubby's uniform is a mechanic's outfit, which isn't bad unless he smells strongly of engine grease and sweat after a long day at the shop. Oddly enough, though, if he comes in from a few hours working on a car, a little bit of grease on his strong forearms, I just want him to take a look at what's under my hood. ;)

    Military uniforms are smokin' hot, though!

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  4. Thank you for the blog comment, glad you are enjoying reading about our "love story", hehe.

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  5. ok, some good advice here...don't write off all the young ones. you know the amazingly nurturing, loving, sensitive, generous, and wonderful, husband that lives here in my home? well, he is younger than i am by more years than i care to discuss! i find it a great treat and a clear advantage in many ways!

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  6. you're looking for the top gun in your life. i think that's wonderful.
    but it might have been fun to go for a ride even if in your heart you knew he wasn't the one. maybe he flies a trainer and will let you co-pilot for a while.

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  7. wow nova that was great! LOL but what is wrong about dating younger men? make that younger men in uniform? LOL

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  8. what? you don't want to raise your own husband? You can raise him right! He'll be very whipped :)

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  9. i bet he's still thinking about you.

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  10. awwwww! sayang!

    i miss you nova! :) *hugs*

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  11. So where does the default "polite refusal" come from? You should spend some time watching Sex in the City :-)

    Why deny yourself a little fun?
    I wear a Marine uniform for my duties in the cadet group and I love putting it on after spending lots of time ironing it.

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