Dating-as-a-divorced-mother was an entirely new game, one whose rules -- despite my eagerness to learn them -- remained steadfastly mysterious.
There weren't going to be any short cuts, and I didn't know any single mothers to consult for tips.
In my experience, men are often more skilled (or at least faster) at getting back in the game.
We sat down at a restaurant on Melrose and began the process of inquiring about each other's lives.
He took such lingering pauses before responding that I started to think he'd forgotten the question.
Then, just as the silence had stretched to the point of becoming awkward, he would reel himself back in from his mental escape hatch and say something witty.
I would have to learn them on my own in the trenches.
Men and women seem to cope differently with the collapse of a relationship.