Blind date: Rikkie, a small business owner, and Kelly, an executive assistant, found kindred spirits with each other

Rikkie, 31, says:

I was a little nervous for a few seconds when I thought, ‘Oh my God, I’m getting stood up.’ But I had a great time and she was so lovely.

She’s a mom and I’m a mom and we just talk about our kids all the time. We didn’t stop talking all the time, but I didn’t really learn anything about her other than that she has two kids.

My sister was asking me, she said, “Well, how old was he?” And I’m like, “I don’t know. What does she do for work? And I didn’t know.

We are both very similar in the sense that we are not attracted to someone’s gender. We are attracted to someone as a person.

We talked a bit about transitioning one of Kelly’s children and that led to a conversation about how I accept everyone for who they are. She was very similar.

We exchange numbers at the end of the night. As for where it would go, I don’t know. But he was definitely, definitely someone I got along with. I would be looking forward to seeing her again, either as friends or dating.

Like I said, we talked about our kids, so I don’t even know her very well. So I think next time, if she was interested, I would definitely focus a little more on trying to get to know her instead of her children and vice versa.

I probably would have given it a 10/10 if it hadn’t been for the ‘am I getting dumped?’ awkwardness. I thought she was great. La Cabaña was great, and probably the best place I’ve been in a long time. The cocktails were great, the food was great, the company was great.

Verdict: 8/10

Kelly, 24, says:

I ran in practically shaking and nervous because I was wrong on time and I was quite late. As soon as I got there, Rikkie admitted that she had been given a cocktail because they thought she stood her up. The staff said, ‘Okay, we’re not judging you too much.’

Obviously, after apologizing, we jumped right into the conversation and it was very easy to go from there. I think even though it was a real mess on my part, it was actually a very comical way to start the night.

I think my favorite line of the night was Rikkie saying to me, ‘Thank God you’re a woman.’ Although Rikkie personally doesn’t have a preference, we both had bad experiences dating boys in the past. She says: ‘I was so relieved even though you were late when you arrived and you were a woman.’ She just made me feel so much more at ease. I haven’t dated a woman since before my marriage.

I think we have a great sense of humor and she is very talkative. And not so much that ‘I can’t utter a word’, he was very even.

We share some pains about life as a single mother. We both looked at the menu together and thought, ‘we don’t eat these fancy things.’

I’ve never been on a blind date before, in fact I think it’s not as scary as it seems.

One of the things that I’ve definitely achieved is that if nothing progresses romantically, I’ve definitely made a friend because we’re so similar.

And we have a great sense of humor to match. We didn’t even ask each other questions. The conversation flowed so beautifully, and we laughed the whole time and it was great.

In fact, we ended up staying until they kicked us out because they were closing.

We exchange numbers at the end of the night. I texted her to make sure she got home okay.

Verdict: 9/10

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