However, the more time we spent together, the more I started liking him. I discovered a very smart, interesting, fun, reliable guy with a strong character, a (different) sense of humor, very strong family values, and someone who always wants to learn or do something. After being “just friends” for several months, we did start dating, and this year we celebrated our 29th wedding anniversary.
We do not always magically know that someone is “the one” when we first meet him or her.
The varied climate of Ethiopia influences the dressing styles of its people. In the highland regions, cooler temperatures necessitate heavier clothing like wraparound blankets. In the lowlands, light cotton outfits are worn by the people to combat the summer heat. Some similarities are, however, observed in the clothing style of Ethiopians. Their clothes are almost entirely made of woven cotton. Men wear cotton pants and a white-collared, knee-length shirt. The women usually wear long white dresses of ankle-length with some colors above the lower hem. The dresses are called habesha kemis. Jewelry is worn to complete the look. Women, both Muslim and Christian, usually cover their head with a piece of cloth called sash. It is tied to the neck. A shawl called netela is worn by both men and women. It is draped in different styles depending on the occasion. While these traditional dresses are worn in everyday lives by the Ethiopians in rural areas, those in the cities wear Western-style clothing on a day-to-day basis. Traditional clothing is adorned by them on special occasions.
There are times when a second date is not needed or advisable. But, more often than not, you need a chance to get to know the other person better.
Not sure if you should go on a second date or not? Check out my “First Date Questions” to see if you should go on a second date.
As a professional matchmaker, I have seen that having different personalities, views, or interests does not necessarily mean you cannot build a happy, fulfilling relationship.
What is important is having similar goals and values and being committed to making it work by prioritizing the relationship and growing and evolving as a team in the same direction. It is all about respect and a willingness to make it work both ways.