I’ve never been one for dating ‘rules’.
I remember being yelled at by a friend in Year Nine who was simply horrified I hadn’t bought my boyfriend a present for our one month anniversary.
“But…” I reasoned. “‘Anniversary’ comes from the Latin word ‘annus’ (…lol) meaning ‘year’ and ‘versus’ which means ‘turning’ so ‘anniversary’ means ‘turning yearly’ and WHO THE HELL BUYS THEIR BOYFRIEND SOMETHING AFTER DATING FOR 30 DAYS?”
You see, according to my friend, there were strict dating rules everyone must abide by, and if they didn’t, then society as we know it would fall apart.
Now, years later, I’ve invented my own rules that I shall term ‘The Three Modern Day Dating Tests’.
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You cannot know for sure that you love someone, until you’ve experienced three very specific scenarios. They will tell you everything you need to know about someone – and then you are free to love them.
1. The ‘wake up covered in period’ test.
This rule is not isolated to periods, but rather involuntarily bodily excretions in general.
I’m talking waking up from a long, romantic sleep with your partner, and discovering you period-ed all over the bed, before looking them in the eye and thinking; “What are you going to do with this situation?”
Do they freak out? Do they go... weird? Are they kind? Do they refuse to look at you for two weeks?
The same goes for food poisoning in a one bedroom hotel room. Or unexplained diarrhoea in their bathroom. Or getting your period during sex.