A dating story revealed

Kerry Lester

Who says a date has to have romance involved? Here’s a tale of Mike and Jenny, two Villanova sophomores who were also members of the same graduating class of Paul VI High School in south Jersey. Since coming to college, Mike and Jenny have become better friends than ever before. They live in the same dorm, share common friends and even take part in a friendly basketball rivalry once in awhile.

Mike, who goes by the nickname “Smooth,” asked Jenny if she wanted to celebrate their friendship together this Valentine’s Day. Was it possible to have a purely platonic date? I followed along to find out.

6 p.m.: Jenny hears a knock at her door. Smooth asks, “You ready to go?” She grabs her coat and the two depart. Jenny drives.

6:10 p.m.: Smooth and Jenny arrive at Cosi coffee bar in Bryn Mawr, located right next to Bertucci’s. Like a true gentleman, he opens the door for her.

6:20 p.m.: The two are seated in a booth and ready to order. They decide to share the s’mores for two — a platter of graham crackers, marshmallows and chocolate pieces with roasting skewers centered around a tiny fire for toasting. Waiting for their food, Smooth and Jenny reminisce about their high school days and talk about their current classes.

6:30 p.m.: The food arrives and the pair gets down to the important business: eating. Wait — the fire isn’t working. Jenny suggests they move the platter away from the open door. Like magic, it starts to toast the marshmallows properly.

6:45 p.m.: The s’mores platter is cleared away. Amazingly, neither one has a visible chocolate moustache or sticky fingers. The waitress brings the check, and Jenny and Smooth split it right down the middle. They exit Cosi, head back to their dorm to do what? Study!

Jenny and Smooth, two friends of the opposite sex, share a bond as platonic pals. They went into a Valentines Day date as friends, without expectations of anything else. Did they succeed? You bet. Valentine’s Day can be a blast without being struck by Cupid’s arrow.

These two crazy kids from south Jersey prove there’s hope for the rest of us yet.