“What are you going to do when you find a mate,” she said. “You’re going to have to settle down one day, Darnell.” Looking at my face, you’d think something just spat on me. I was disgusted by this curse she attempted to put on my life. Fortunate for me, I’ve had practice answering this question. Quickly, having already fixed my face, I said, “If I find a mate, we’ll just be fighting over who gets the window seat, bottom bunk, and whose Uber account will pay for the ride to the airport.”
I’ve already written about how to date a traveler, so this is just a short addition.
True travelers have placed themselves in positions to not fall in love with something or someone who will lock them in a dungeon with one window in the middle of town, where they can watch others coming and going freely, jealous of their movements.
A true traveler must recognize the signs, and never go on a third date with someone who utters any of these:
1. Don’t you ever think about settling down?
2. But you’re not stable.
3. What happens when you have kids?
4. What if we end up together and I don’t want you to go?
And here’s the moral of this story: Stuck people, Stick with your own kind.
Darnell Lamont Walker, a self-professed traveling foodie, has been found sitting at tables eating baby goat sweetbreads, drinking tequila, and laughing loudly with strangers. The writer, filmmaker, artist, and sometimes photographer puts happiness above all.