9 Dating Tips From a Grandma and 6 From a Niece and Nephew
Here at Slice.ca, we’re always interviewing the experts about dating. New idea? Ask my 85-year-old grandma and 10-year-old niece for dating tips. My grandma Betty got married in 1953 at 18-years-old to my grandpa George. They were married for 44 years until my grandpa passed away. She’s sweet and stoic and although quite reserved, often surprises you with a super witty or sarcastic comment. My niece Kaiya is 10 and doesn’t know a life without the Internet. She’s silly, sensitive and too smart for her own good. Oh, also, my seven-year-old nephew Kieran chimed in a few times too. The interview results? Quite entertaining and surprisingly insightful.
How did you meet grandpa? How long did you date before you went steady/got married?Grandma says: We met on a blind date, set up by your grandpa’s friend who lived five miles down the road. In those days, you’d only go out once a week, on a Saturday night. Sometimes Wednesdays too if things got really serious. We dated for about two years before we got married.
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How did you know he was “the one”?Grandma says: We just clicked immediately. And we liked a lot of the same things. We were on the same page.
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Any regrets?Grandma says: No, no regrets.
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If someone is single, where do they meet people?Grandma says: School, I think. If you’re meeting someone when you’re a bit older after you’re done school, best not to meet someone at any “unsavoury” places like a bar. Best to meet someone at a church group or travel group, if they have those.
If someone is single, where do they meet people?Niece says: At their house or in the park. I don’t know!
Nephew says: At someone else’s wedding, that’s the only place.
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What are the best activities for a first date?Grandma says: Going out for dinner. Nothing fancy, something like a hamburger or hot dog. Actually! The first time I ever had a grilled cheese sandwich was on a date with your grandpa. Also, try to go out on dates in groups: less pressure and it's safer.
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What are the best activities for a first date?Niece says: Go out to a restaurant or take a walk or something. At a restaurant, you’d go somewhere fancy. You wouldn’t want to go to McDonald's — although I would!
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How do you know you’re in love?Grandma says: When you don’t want to think about anyone else. And when you’re excitedly waiting for the other person to call.
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How do you know you’re in love?Niece says: I have no idea. I seriously don’t know.
Nephew says: You always hang out with each other.
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After how long of dating someone, should their family meet them?Grandma says: Six months, I think.
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After how long of dating someone, should their family meet them?Niece says: Like definitely under a year, maybe a month or two. You wouldn’t want to wait too long, but after a week I don’t want to come over and be like “hiiiii!”
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What type of qualities make a good boyfriend/girlfriend?Grandma says: They have to be on time. And neatly dressed: don’t look like a slob.
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What type of qualities make a good boyfriend/girlfriend?Niece says: Funny, because you don’t want to sit there bored. Also, enthusiastic, kind, nice and respectful.
Nephew: Funny. And happy, because that means they like each other. (He then proceeded to make two stuffed animals hug). Huggies!
When should someone get married and/or move in with a partner?Grandma says: Don’t move in right away. Six months to a year I think.
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When should someone get married and/or move in with a partner?Niece says: You probably would want to move in after a couple months. Because if it’s the first week and then if you break up — some relationships don’t last long — you’d have nowhere to go. So, after a few months move in with them and then after a few months get married.
Nephew says: When they’re 25 or 26. Maybe like seven years they should know each other first. They should get married and then live together.
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