Coronavirus dating stories: Highlights from our readers – Los Angeles Times

Coronavirus dating stories: Highlights from our readers – Los Angeles Times

We asked readers to share their stories about what it’s like dating — or trying to date — in the middle of a pandemic. Here are a few highlights (answers have been lightly edited):

“I had been seeing a guy for a few weeks but was promptly socially distanced with a text that reminded me of the Dear John messages that I was accustomed to receiving as a single gal in Los Angeles ending with ‘This sounds like a blowoff, but I hope you understand it’s not that at all. These are extraordinary circumstances.’ Extraordinary circumstances indeed! Thankfully he reemerged for happy hour FaceTime calls, which would become our new way of dating. One day he called saying that he remembered I lived above a Trader Joe’s and did I need anything? We could stand online together six feet apart of course. I had actually already done my TJ’s shopping for the week, but said “Yes!” immediately. Our shopping date varied immensely from our last one when we walked carefree mask- and glove-free to dine in an actual restaurant. Now I was standing on the prescribed blue tape facing him so that at least I could try to decipher his reactions by watching his eyes above his mask. When we finally made it into the store, I realized quickly that this was a great way to get to know someone. Does he eat like a child as my ex-husband did? Does he have a
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