By: Jess Downey, Copy Cutie
Fail: Last week, I met a guy from an online dating site for a few drinks. After an hour, I realized there was no physical attraction — at least on my end. At the end of the evening (and mostly because he was house sitting a few doors away from me) he walked me to my door. I thanked him for the evening and unlocked the first door to my building … and then he followed me in. After several failed attempts for hugs and kisses on the cheek, he went in for the big kiss on the lips.
Luckily, I was able to dodge an unwanted smooch, but it could have been a whole lot worse.
Fab: We’ve all been there. You’re sitting there, wondering when the date will end, while the person across from you is hoping it will last forever. Then, while saying goodbye, there’s that lingering moment that screams, “I’m waiting for you to kiss me!” If you’re just not that into your date, that’s exactly what you want to avoid.
It’s generally best to simply thank your date once you’re outside and go your separate ways. But sometimes, that’s easier said than done. If he offers to walk you home, politely decline. Take a different train or walk the longer route. That way, you avoid all the awkwardness without being rude or insulting.
If you guys do end up on your doorstep, don’t create the impression that you’re waiting around for a kiss. Without being too abrupt, thank him for the lovely evening and head inside without looking back.
Of course, the attempt to kiss can happen anywhere. So no matter where you are, if you’re date is heading in for a smooch, avoid it as best you can. Lean to the opposite side for a swift kiss on the cheek, or maneuver yourself into a brief hug.
Remember: It’s always best to be polite and make sure no one’s ego is bruised, but no unwanted kiss should ever be returned.