How To Tell When You’re Falling In Love

  • You suggest dates like breakfast at Tiffany’s, and take-out to eat-in, and walks on the beach at night.
  • You buy new underwear and wear it.
  • You think of them at inopportune moments, like in the shower or on your way to work or in the middle of a meeting when you should be paying attention but you cannot pay attention because you are thinking about the person with whom you’re falling in love.
  • You wait for he or she to suggest, via Facebook, that the two of you are in a relationship.
  • You make your bed in the morning of a day at the end of which a date may possibly end in your bed.
  • You consider buying roses – no matter how wilted – from that weird guy under the overpass.
  • You agree to see movies you don’t want to see, and you even pretend, after, that you enjoyed these movies you didn’t want to see.
  • You use we and us, mostly to your friends, but sometimes to the other part of we and us, almost as if you’re testing how the words we and us sound when used to link the two of you.
  • You become a morning person, or a night owl, or a combination of the two, if only to extend the time you get to spend with this person.
  • You memorize lyrics to songs by his or her favorite musicians, and you set-up Google alerts on topics that interest them so you sound like you know what you’re talking about, when talking about these topics that interest them.
  • You hunt for things on eBay that might make thoughtful romantic loving gifts.
  • You wait for text messages that may not come, and e-mails that may not come, and you look for hidden meanings in messages and e-mails like: How’s your day, and Do you have plans tonight? and Can’t make it tonight; bummed.
  • You want to say I love you, but you don’t want to be the first to say I love you.
  • You begin counting how long the two of you have been dating – first in days, then in weeks, and then in months.
  • Your interest in other people wanes then stops.
  • You wonder if you have passed the point when The Rules will work.
  • You read things like How To Tell When You’re Falling In Love to see if what you’re feeling is love or something like love. TC mark
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  • http://twitter.com/alinatrifan Alina Trifan

    How to tell when you’re falling in love: you read an article called “How To Tell When You’re Falling In Love” because it is called that way. 
    we’re screwed. you guys get my point, yes?

  • Meera Shah

    oh, well, i guess i’ll keep this in mind when it actually happens to me………………………………

  • EAZ

    I really like what you write.

  • BC

    How to tell you’re falling in love:
    -When someone asks you how he/she is doing, you instantly smile.
    -Songs on the radio become recounts of your interactions.
    -Staying in and cuddling sounds better than going out.
    -You want to get to know everything about that person, and soak it up like a sponge.

  • http://twitter.com/butchproblems Jess

    Waiting for texts…. Classic.

  • http://twitter.com/mung_beans Mung Beans

    I only make my bed when I’m dating someone… I pretty much only clean my room when I’m dating someone, actually.  Dating someone really does wonders for my cleanliness levels.  Also I start flossing regularly.  

    • http://twitter.com/no_cazador hunter ray

      same. currently single. currently a slob.

    • http://www.facebook.com/grc15r Gregory Costa

      No man should change how you feel about your teeth.  Gingivitis is no laughing matter, young lady.

      • http://twitter.com/mung_beans Mung Beans

        It’s true, it’s true!  I’m not proud.  

  • Rachel

    … Fuck.

  • Anonymous

    You know what.. the google alert is a pretty good idea. 

  • Guest

    Pretty sure all of these occur during “infatuation” as well…

  • Andy

    It’s funny, but I almost think falling in love is the exact opposite of this list.  (There were a few items that I think are spot on — I left them out of my modified list)

    Here’s what I mean:
    * You impulsively wind up on dates like breakfast at Tiffany’s, and take-out to eat-in, and walks on the beach at night.* You both ask, why aren’t we in a relationship yet?* You make your bed in the morning of a day at the end of which a date will likely end in your bed.* You buy roses or other random cute shit for each other* You use we and us almost instantly* You wait for text messages that always come* You both simultaneously say I love you* You always count how long the two of you have been dating – first in days, then in weeks, and then in months.* There is no interest in other people.* You don’t need to read things like How To Tell When You’re Falling In Love to see if what you’re feeling is love or something like love.

    • Rhee

      agreed!

  • Anonymous

    How about the “How to tell he/she ‘s in love with you” article Henderson? Knowing that I’m in love is not a revelation. Good article tho

  • guest

    good! its not love. thank god.

  • Corey Jackson

    This is so well-written. The end is beyond clever.

  • insertsomethingmeaningfullhere

    the ending knew me too well.

  • Staylor733

    Great article. Most of these are so true..made me smile…good job!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=612928768 Samie Rose

    How to tell when you’re falling in love: you can’t, not really.

  • http://setoshino.wordpress.com Setoshino

    Reblogged this on The World Without Us.

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