Am I as inclusive as I think toward my single female friends?
Am I making assumptions or being insensitive at times?
It is so funny to see how some social behaviors are exactly the same between France and the US, and others are completely different. Well, this was a big shock to me when I arrived in the US. I understood of course a man and a woman could be interested in each other in a romantic way, let me reassure you.
One of the very obvious difference is the dating game. But I was not aware that accepting to go out to dinner with a man alone gave the signal that I was possibly romantically interested in him.
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However, if a woman is dining with a man, you can bet he will pick up the check. I usually trick them by asking to be excused (as if I was going to the lady’s room, grab the waiter and give him my credit card).
I saw a very touchy-feely couple who proclaimed to have been friends, and nothing more, for the better part of 10 years. In the movie , for instance, the answer was a definite “no.” There’s no way, according to “Harry,” that two people of the opposite sex could have feelings limited only to friendship. But I’ve also had male friends that I had crushes on, and vice versa.
And then a very lovely young lady got up to toast the newlyweds. She’s been friends with (the groom) for 15 years and they never dated.” Hm. But there are countless examples of men and women having platonic friendships. I’ve seen friendships blossom into romances, but I’ve also seen wonderful friendships destroyed in the effort to become a relationship.
Some daily tasks are just plain difficult when you live on your own.
Stephanie* explains: "It is harder to get stuff done around the house; there's just as much work but only one person.