Sunday, April 12, 2009

My Passover Match

Ever the optimist and not willing to let a corny, seasonal poem go to waste, I posted this personal ad on Friday morning:

Last night was the seder,
With friends I did dine,
Lots of good food,
And four cups of wine.
The seat next to mine was empty last night,
But other than that, my life is just right.

Where are you, my mensch?
Why can’t you see,
That I could be the one for thee?
I'm smart and I'm funny,
A really good catch,
Perhaps you are my
Passover match?

I live on the east side, have a job I adore,
Am seeking a great guy, not asking for more.
Neither too fat nor too thin,
I'm just the right size,
With auburn hair and nice brown eyes.

You are kind and gentle, Jewish and more,
At least 40-something and not a big bore.
You're seeking a woman, a smart one to boot,
To find her on Craigslist, wouldn't that be a hoot?

You read the Times to get the news,
You care about Israel, what's good for the Jews.
Your family is central, you sedered with them,
Some chicken and matzah and lots of flanken.

You've got your own place, it's filled with great books,
These things are important, as much as your looks.
Your job and your friends, they all are fulfillin',
The only thing missing's a wonderful woman.

You asked the four questions,
You opened the door,
You ate lots of matzah,
Swept the crumbs from the floor.

Now that the seder is over,
And you've had your fill,
Drop me a line,
I sure hope that you will.

Answer this post,
There's no time to waste,
If you're not a good typist,
Use Word’s cut and paste.

I hope that you’ll write and tell me the score,
Tell me your name and some things you adore.
Music? The city? Browsing for books?
Good food and wine or watching a flick?
Just what is it that makes you tick?

Who are you? What do you do?
What are your dreams for love so true?
Send me a post and tell me more,
For you, like Elijah, I'll open the door!

In less than 48 hours, I’ve received 20 responses, only a handful of which deserve a reply.

Here’s a small sample:

Guy #1, I’ll call him “Spero” because of his obviously Hellenistic name, wrote, “I am 24 and live in Brooklyn. Mail me back if you are interested.”

Guy #2, possibly a nice Jewish guy, lives in Philadelphia.

Guys #3 and #4 are married.

Guy #5 wants to know if I speak in rhyme.

Guy #6 wrote: “I’m 50, divorced, no kids, live in Brooklyn, nice to meet you, Happy Pesach.” While this message might be deserving of a reply, two weeks ago when this same “Romeo” answered a different ad of mine, he was 48. Funny how that aging thing works…

One more and then I must go do the laundry…

Guy #7, although not Jewish, sent what turned out to be the most promising response: “Hello, I'm not Jewish, but just had to say, really enjoyed your posting. The guy meant for you will be very lucky to have you in his presence. Good luck & happy holidays!!!!!!!!”

I responded with this: “Thanks for your note...much appreciated.
If you happen to run into that guy who's meant for me, please send him in my direction! :)
Thanks!”

And he came back with this: I have some Jewish friends, they're married, but I'll ask if family members are looking. Let's keep in touch!!!!!!!!!”

To which I responded: ”I'm a big believer in networking and serendipity so I'll take whatever leads you may uncover! You just never know... :)
Enjoy the holiday weekend.”

And, in fact, you do never know… Maybe Guy #7 actually will come through with a mensch for me.

This is, after all, the season of hope, rebirth and renewal.