Friday, December 12, 2008

Nice Girls

This is my tribute to all the nice girls I know and will come to know. You know the ones I’m talking about, the strong, sensible, reliable girls. Maybe they are smart, maybe they’re not. Maybe they’re pretty or maybe not. But they are the ones you cannot help but like. They do responsible things. They edit the school paper and organize the prom. They are the ones who laugh loud and often. They are comfortable wearing skirts, sweats or rubber shoes.

This goes to the girl who won’t let you down. Who gives you what you need, when you need it. Who helps you with your homework, who provides a comforting hug and lends a listening ear for a story she has heard a thousand times. This is for the girls who are often overlooked and who most of the time become the guy’s best friend and nothing more.

This one goes for the girl who hasn’t been in love, but knows that it’s an experience she doesn’t want to miss out. This is for the girl who has been told that she is too good, too smart or too pretty. Is this a lame excuse of a guy wanting to break a relationship? Beats me…..

This is for the girl who accepts she’s not perfect, but knows she deserves something better. This is for the girl who is not seeking for Mr. Perfect but waiting for Mr. Just Right for Me. For the girls who have heard all the trite words of wisdom of well-meaning friends…. From “women are like apples, the good ones are high up in the tree not taken, men are scared they might fall when the try to reach them” to “there are plenty of fish in the ocean” down to “time heals all wounds”, ladies this goes to all of you.

This is for the girls who subtly flirt, and laugh, and worry over the slightest glance, a smile or a touch, because she hopes that maybe……maybe this time he has finally noticed. This is for the girls who have spent sleepless nights analyzing every word he has said, every inflection in his speech trying to find for that glimmer of hope. This is for the girls who try to make someone understand through an appealing profile and time and time again dropped their male friend hint after hint after hint, only to see him in someone else’s arms.

I pay homage to the girls who have had their hearts broken and their hopes shattered by someone too callous enough to care. For the girl who has allowed a guy into her head and heart and bed, only to discover that he is not ready to be tied down. For the girl who has faced all the pain, disappointment and tears but has never become bitter. She puts on her lipstick and struts in her 3-inch heels ready to brighten your day with her laughter, wit and charm.

So what happens to these nice girls? Nothing dramatic….. They still do the ordinary things in their own extraordinary ways. They still listen to their male friends whine, question and complain why they never meet nice girls. They still try to understand their male friends who wonder why the world lack girls who are compelling and genuinely interested, smart, sweet and charming…..

Oh well, they say women are complex but so are men.

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