20 Qualities I Should Look For In a Man… According to Kids

Before we start, you might want to read my last blog, From Cat to “Cougar”? to catch up.

So, here we are again. We’ve reached that awkward point where I have moved on from simple on-line dating pop-up adds to friends and family popping up to offer sage advice and insights about “a friend they know.” I am beginning to notice a certain inflection when they ask about my (now defunct) social life.

The short answer is this: What social life?

It’s not that I’m sitting at home EVERY night with the quart of Four Seas Ice Cream. After all, I work a lot, I have ‘stuff’ to do, I have dogs to walk and a lawn to pretend to mow. In all reality, I am learning to take a little more time for myself and trying to find balance in my life.

Apparently, while I am looking for balance, some of my favorite people have been compiling a list of qualities they would like to see in any possible future companion for me.

There is a list. I like this list because it is both honest and fantastic. It came from my niece and nephew, Ursula and Austin (12 and 9 years old) and my good friend (and neighbor) Carly’s children Evelyn and John (8 and 6). Although I have added some opinions of my own, I have not changed any of the original suggestions.

Additionally, I do not know if this was ranked by order of importance or simply the order things popped into their little brains. Are you ready?

  1. HE HAS TO BE VERY FUNNY – I think this is a given. There is nothing more attractive than laughter and a good smile.
  2. HE MUST LIKE DOGS AS WELL AS CATS – And my dogs and cat would have to like him. Otherwise, it’s just awkward.
  3. HE HAS TO BE NICE – Because mean people just aren’t any fun.
  4. HE HAS TO BE ABLE TO RIDE A BULL – MECHANICAL IS OKAY, BUT A REAL BULL IS BETTER – This should have been followed up with a notation about having his own health and life insurance.
  6. HE NEEDS TO BE CALM – Because someone has to be the Yin to my Yang, right?
  7. BEING GOOD AT GARDENING WOULD BE GOOD – Perhaps this was a passive/aggressive comment about my yard?
  8. HE SHOULD BE AS AWESOME AT ZIP-LINING AS CAT – There is video. Not my best moment.
  9. HE MUST LIKE MUSIC – Well, duh!
  10. HE MUST TELL GOOD JOKES – I think this loops back to being “very funny,” but the kids felt very strongly about it, so I left it on the list.
  11. HE MUST HAVE A JOB – Notice how far down on the list having a job is? Apparently ‘independently wealthy’ is beyond the children’s scope of qualities.
  12. HE HAS TO DRIVE A MOTORCYCLE AND A BOAT – Because one or the other simply isn’t good enough?
  13. HE SHOULD HAVE A LICENSE FOR FIREWORKS AND FLARES – Mad Max? James Bond? Must have his own extinguishers, too?
  14. HE HAS TO FLY – PREFERABLY A PLANE OR HELICOPTER, BUT A JET PACK OR JUST BEING ABLE TO FLY WOULD BE OKAY AS LONG AS HE GIVES RIDES – This clears things up a bit…if “007” was a cartoon super-hero/rocket scientist.
  15. HE MUST PULL OUT THE CHAIR AT DINNER TIME – Because good manners count.
  16. HE SHOULD GO TO STOP & SHOP AND BUY THE FOOD SO SHE DOESN’T HAVE TO – I do sometimes knock displays over by mistake.
  17. HE SHOULD LET HER DRIVE ALL THE TIME – I am a very good driver. I have a trophy!
  19. HE SHOULD BUILD STUFF – Or at least be able to fix the stuff I break.
  20. HE SHOULD BUY HER ICE CREAM – I like ice cream: Strawberry with rainbow jimmies.

Special thanks to Ursula & Austin Budd and Evelyn & John Carley for their thoughtful contributions to this list.

About Cat Wilson

Cat Wilson is "That Girl" on Cape Country 104 – a Cape Cod native and longtime Cape radio personality. She is a passionate supporter of Military and Veteran causes on the Cape and also hosts local music spotlight program, “The Cheap Seats” on Ocean 104.7.

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