The (Not So) Subtle Appeal To A Bashful Boy And His Cheesy Pick Up Line

The (Not So) Subtle Appeal To A Bashful Boy And His Cheesy Pick Up Line

“But do you know how to french kiss?”

A warm summer night atop the roof of a frat house, (romantic, I know) I lay next to a boy whose name I had forgotten four times, or so he’ll tell you. To be quite honest, I was somewhat shocked by this boy’s apparent nervousness as we’d been talking alone, on the roof, on a beautiful night, for well over 20 minutes and the farthest conversation topic we’d made it to was him asking me, not once, but twice, why I was in LA for the summer.

He’d always seemed so smooth, where is this awkwardness coming from?

My hopes rapidly declining, he turned to me to ask the question all us college girls have heard from frat boys more times than we’d like to admit: “So, what’s your major?”

Wow, he’s really trying to get to know the real me isn’t he? He’s probably never had to deal with a girl not just falling all over him.

Cringing, I cordially respond that, while I hadn’t yet chosen a major, I was going to minor in French. This was his moment to shine, to finally spit his best game yet, and so he took immediate advantage.

His tone rose an octave and he put on his most suave voice, “Oh, but do you know how to french ki––” He cut himself off there and went in for the kiss before he could finish that god awful, cheesy pick-up line.

Flash forward six months and here I am, sitting in his apartment for the billionth time in a row, writing an article, waiting for who I now call my boyfriend, to get out of the shower.

“But do you know how to french kiss?”

Top five cheesiest pick-up lines I’ve ever heard. While I love to make fun of him for this story, it is one of the memories I hold most dear to my heart.

Without further ado ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the (not so) subtle appeal of a bashful boy and his cheesy pick-up line.

When a guy comes to you and delivers a “smooth” pick up line with expert precision, you can be assured he’s used it hundreds of times, on countless girls. I for one was worried as my boyfriend had always appeared too smooth for his own good. No one really loves a player.

A well-versed player has tried and true pick up lines stashed in the back of his pocket, ready at will. He won’t flinch to use one and you bet he won’t stumble over his words as he does.

On the other hand, someone who apprehensively delivers a cheesy pick-up line, no matter how witty it may be, is far less likely to be the player you imagined, or didn’t imagine, him to be.

Not to mention if his nervousness is showing, he’s clearly not certain that his line will be a smashing success. Uncertainty and the ability to take a risk show he isn’t taking himself too seriously.

When someone shows the vulnerability to laugh at themselves, everything becomes less serious, less stuffy. No longer is there the pressure to act in accordance with the “rules,” whatever they may be. This awkward courtship becomes much easier as you both can relax.

Talking to my boyfriend six months later about that first night, he reminds me it came out of a desperation to just take the shot. The pick-up line which started it all came from the uncertainty that I felt the same, a witty word vomit, and a quick save.

It is so comforting to know he was just as nervous as I was, which became apparent through his deliverance of his corny one-liner. Thus I will always have a sweet spot for a bashful boy and his cheesy pick-up line.

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Why You Should Stop Chasing Him

You deserve better.

They say “the thrill of the chase" makes someone more enticing. There's just something about wanting something you can't have that drives you crazy (in a good way). There is never a dull moment. Pursuing him is a challenge. Nothing comes easily. What's the fun in that anyway?

I'm going to tell you this: stop chasing him. Stop forgiving him when he forgets to answer your text messages and phone calls. Stop being the one to always make plans. Stop letting him bail on you. Stop waiting around for him. Stop being lied to. Stop making excuses when he doesn't make time for you. There is a difference between someone who is “hard to get" and a flat out jerk who doesn't give you the time of day. Stop letting him use you.

You deserve to be with someone who makes you fall asleep every night in the middle of texting him because neither of you want the conversation to end. You deserve someone who plans dates for the two of you. You deserve someone who asks you to hang out before midnight. You deserve someone who wants to spend time with you just as much as you do with them. You deserve someone who insists on paying for your ice cream. You deserve someone who won't deceive you. You deserve someone who is straightforward. You deserve attention. You deserve affection. You deserve a partnership that is mutual, not one-sided. You deserve to be chased.

You are better than 3 a.m. “Hey" texts. You are better than a night spent watching a movie just to fool around. You are better than trying to decode his vague messages. You are better than his shadiness. You are better than mind games. You are better than being ignored.

If you have to chase him, he's not worth it. Don't settle for someone who makes you beg for his attention. If he is genuinely interested in getting to know you, he will put in the effort. A relationship where your feelings are reciprocated is far more rewarding than one where you constantly feel like you have to drag him along.

Change your mentality. Become more independent. Be confident, be bold. Find happiness in being alone. Don't waste your time pathetically chasing after someone who doesn't feel the same, but doesn't have the heart or the courage to tell you so. Your self-confidence and positivity will make you radiant, and eventually, you will attract the kind of guy who is mature enough to not mess with your head.

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You have multiple food orders memorized.


Dating someone for a year+ means that you are bound to know things you might not have known in the early months of the relationship. You also might act differently than you did at the beginning of the relationship.

Here are 12 things you know when you've been dating for over a year.

1. Clothing size, shoe size

This one you can probably be able to figure out early in the relationship. But, you start to keep in the back of your mind and think of that person when you see clothes or a pair of shoes they might like.

2. You can guess what they are going to text back

Especially if it is just a casual conversation about nothing in particular. You know their go-to responses.

3. You have multiple food orders memorized

Their food orders, of course.

4. You have that one TV show you can put on and neither of you will complain

And that is "The Office."

5. You don't get jealous

How could you have lasted in a relationship for over a year and not have any trust?

6. You know likes and dislikes

And can assume if they are going to like or dislike something.

7. You got a LONG Snapstreak

474 day streak over here.

8. Their successes make you just as happy as it makes them

Seeing your significant other do well and accomplish something great is just as rewarding as if you had done the same.

9. Your friends are his friends and his friends are your friends

And you can all hang out together.

10. You have your favorite restaurants

That we always end up going to.

11. You've met everyone in the family and extended family

And you feel like part of the family.

12. You know extremely personal things about each other

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