Yes, you’re a strong, rough man’s man. But deeeep down you are also a sweet little 9-year-old who loves Lucky Charms and watching cartoons in your Batman underoos.
How do we know?
It’s when you do one of these funny, silly little things that remind us of just how adorable you really are…
(And we promise to keep your secret, and YOU, all to ourselves.)
1. When you wave, smile, or wink at a passing toddler.
Men just don’t typically pay attention to babies. We know, you tend to be focused on tasks, not humans, and especially not mini-humans.
So when you take a second to make a silly face at that solemn baby who is peering over his mother’s shoulder…and then her whole tiny face just lights up? Oh, we love you for that, you adorable man, you.
(We know you hate the word “adorable,” but we still think it about you anyway.)
2. When you make computer game sounds when you think no one’s around.
Sometimes you’re all into your Pac Man game and you’re going “wacka-wacka-wacka” under your breath as your Pac Dude gobbles dots. Or you do the Mario Cart starting line sound.
You’re totally into it, and completely unguarded, and we think that’s unbelievably cute.
3. When you get all gooey over tiny fuzzy babies.
It’s hard to get enough of watching giant lumberjack-y guys – or even skinny, nerdy guys – get completely melted down by a puppy. Or kitten. Or anything soft and fuzzy and sweet.
4. When you can’t dance, but you join us on the dance floor anyhow.
We know, you guys hate to feel incompetent at anything. And dancing can be kind of a giant unknown.
You’re not sure how you should do it, you don’t like that everyone will be watching, and there’s a reasonably good chance you’ll look ridiculous.
Thanks for coming out just to dance with your woman. HUGE points, dude.
5. When you try to hide the fact that a movie made you cry.
When a man has a heart open and unguarded enough to allow him to be moved to tears, we ladies get all happy-mushy inside. It lets us know you have a tender side, you great manly thing.
It shows us you’re strong enough to let Elliot’s heartbreak over ET’s death get to you. You have feelings! We dig that about you.
6. When you tie your hair back.
The holy gift of the man-bun, and men willing to not just wear but actively PROMOTE them (thank you, Brock O’Hurn), has been a rather amazing revelation to us ladies.
Btw, some of us secretly fantasize about a guy doing this while wearing a kilt.
Just so you know.
7. When you roll up your shirtsleeves.
Along with man buns and kilts, there is something ridiculously sexy about this weird little act of rolling up your shirtsleeves.
Why are men’s wrists so damn sexy? Why should we fall into a sex-glazed hypnotic stare when a man rolls up his shirtsleeves? The world may never know.
8. When you accidentally zone out while staring at us.
Sometimes we’re chatting away over mu shu pork and chardonnay, and suddenly we realize you’re just staring, staring, staring at us with that glazed, lost-in-loveland look on your face.
It gives us happy sighs, really.
We hope you still do it when we’re eighty.
9. When you stumble and stutter over asking us out.
The truth is that most of us abhor the smooth pick-up artist types. There’s just something creepy about those men, and even if we’ve “dated” a few of them, we don’t find them adorable.
So when you have screwed up your courage and finally come over to us to say something like “Um, I thought maybe if you don’t want – I mean don’t mind – That is, I thought there’s a Star Wars movie marathon at the community center on Saturday and you could maybe go. With me, I mean. If you wanted…”
We could just eat you right up, you adorable, tasty morsel.
10. When you get all nerdy about something you love.
Once in a while a circuit gets lit up in you and you let a little of your vast wealth of knowledge about home brewing, or geocaching, or ham radio, or vintage car restoration slip into the conversation.
You get so animated and passionate!
We take a mental Polaroid of that moment because we find it utterly charming.
11. When we walk in and you do a double take.
We love it when you find us beautiful. We love it when we knock the breath out of you. We love it when you’re so riveted by our presence in your space that you have to look again.