When I was this young woman’s age and single, I sometimes wanted to go out for a nice dinner and a glass of wine or beer by myself, reading a good book, but I never had the courage. That was 40 years ago, and maybe things are different now (though I doubt it). As Greg and I waited for our beers at our favorite neighborhood pub, I made this six-minute sketch as a nod to all single women who have the confidence to do this. If I could go back in time to give advice to my younger self, I would encourage myself to just do it – I probably would have gotten over my reluctance.
Although I’m happy to be with my lifelong date, I think I could probably dine alone more easily now than when I was young. Of course, my book of choice now would be a sketchbook, which seems to give me license to be almost anywhere alone and feel comfortable. So that’s the advice I would give to my younger self: Leave the novel at home and bring a sketchbook.