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Shidduchim SOS: What does coming late to a Shidduch date say about you? Full Story

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August 9, 2013 4:03 pm

i once went on a second date and was in sem, and had little money and walked into the hotel and gave the guy 20 shekels, he asked what is that for? i said well i was runnign a bit late with the bus and thought i can either be on time witha taxi or save the money and take the bus so i decided to offer him the money instead. we both laughed.

I am chronically late
July 12, 2013 5:24 pm

but my husband has learned to deal with it. we have too much together for either of us to look at an issue that is not so important. yes, i know that i should be more caring about not making others wait but i also race into work at the last second. i am easily distracted and that is what makes me late. i work on it but my husband still puts up with it. he also does annoying things. we both do things that annoy each other but we don’t make it the big picture. i hear my girls’… Read more »

what can YOU tolerate
June 7, 2013 12:29 am

If both are chronically late then fine>It’s a perfect pair>I personally cannot stand lateness.I hate missing an event or coming to part of something because I have to wait for someone.If it bothers someone that much then yes, he/she should move on.If you see it early on and you know yourself and you find it makes you so angry, MOVE ON.It’ll bother a lot more once you marry and you have to deal with this.

i am chronically late
June 6, 2013 10:39 pm

no matter what i try! its not at all because i dont respect the others time because most often its me that loses out! it doesnt mean i dont care-this is just one of my personal faults. thankfully , my husband puts up with it, though it is hard…

"Big issue"
June 6, 2013 6:42 pm

If this is our next “big issue” about dating, b”h I think we’re doing gantz fain!

June 6, 2013 3:24 pm

“doing just one more ‘thing’ for your neighbor, friend etc. means that you care more about them than the person waiting for you.”

Uh yeah. You don’t know the other person yet.

could be a sign of a BIG ego...beware
June 6, 2013 3:17 pm

Someone who doesn’t respect the time of others, like coming late to a date (or dates…) is revealing an important part of their emotional make-up. It may just be a correctable time-management issue, but it could be a sign that this person is really not mature enough to care for a spouse, emotionally and otherwise. Ask your shadchan, mashpia, etc. etc. to help you figure it out…don’t just ignore it…..and hatzlocha!

old fashioned
June 6, 2013 1:46 pm

Much better, and safer, when the guy waits for the girl so she can get straight into the car. Sorry guys!

So common...
June 6, 2013 1:44 pm

I know so many couples comprised of “punctuals” happily married to chronic “latecomers.” And, don’t blame makeup! This quirk crosses gender lines! It can be annoying, but one can work around it. (Now, is it ethical to tell my spouse that his dental appointment is half an hour before it’s really scheduled? Hmmm.)

Agree very much!
June 6, 2013 1:21 pm

I once had a (first) date scheduled for a certain time, and ten minutes before he was supposed to show up the bochur called and said he wanted to push it off for an hour. Naturally I agreed, but then when that time came and I was waiting in the building lobby, another twenty minutes went by before the bochur showed up. I was extremely unimpressed, all the more so when the only thing he said about it was, “Sorry I’m late,” with no explanation. The message was extremely clear: “Your time is not important to me!” Ah, but what… Read more »

Married to Mr. Late
June 6, 2013 1:06 pm

My shidduch came late on our first date. He said he couldn’t find the house…ok, forgiven. The second date he was delayed getting home from Released Time…ok, forgiven. Third date, he needed to get away from a fellow bochur at yeshiva without him getting suspicious that he was going on a shidduch…I was very forgiving. We married. He is still always late, but a very kind, loving and caring husband in every other way. So I’m glad I overlooked that one detail!

Everybody is right!!
June 6, 2013 11:28 am

Its very inconsiderate to come late, and it definitely shows a lack of respect for the other persons time. Nobody should EVER be late for a date.

On the other hand if you’re the person waiting, take it easy. Nobody is perfect, the guy/girl who’s late may just have a more laid back approach to life. If the worst thing about them is that their a few min late – Nu nu!

How could they both be right? You’re also right 🙂

Totally agree with the Author.
June 6, 2013 11:22 am

I believe that being late is irresponsible and disrespectful.

I went out with a girl and i waited outside her apartment as she was a half hour late for the first date. She was late for every date after that. It’s three years later, we’re married and she still always late!

My wife is the most unbelievable person I know and I constantly feel like the luckiest person in the world.

What’s the lesson here? Who knows? I guess life is funny like that sometimes.

a matter of degree
June 6, 2013 11:16 am

note that the ones saying it is okay to be late are thinking about five or ten minutes. note that those of us married and continually annoyed by chronic lateness are talking about over thirty minutes, sometimes an hour or more. Luckily for my husband, at the time we were deciding it didn’t matter. Now I have three coping strategies: I almost always have something with me to occupy my time as I wait. It is common for me to get to an event on my own, on time, and he arrives later. If we must travel to an event… Read more »

Crown Heights dating Bochur
June 6, 2013 11:06 am

I once dated a girl who came 20 minutes late to our first date, I didn’t think much of it but as we continued to date and she came late to every date I started realizing that she just didn’t respect others at all. We ended up dating for two months and It turned out I was right about that. Now if a girl comes out of the house more then 10 minutes late without a good reason I cut the date short and say goodbye without a second thought

Being late is not ok
June 6, 2013 10:11 am

I come from England. To get to work I first had to get the bs to the train station, then an hour on the train to my office. I was at my desk at eight am. Ready for the day. I got up around 6.15am. This is how one should start he day. Up early. Therefore, you give plenty of thought to time…and how valuable it is. Being late for appointments..yuk, this is not a good work ethic. B on time for your life.

It can be a sign...
June 6, 2013 10:00 am

Years ago, a friend of mine waited two hours for a guy to pick her up on a first date. He kept calling with excuse after excuse. That was the end of that relationship. Another girl I knew married the guy, and he turned out to be very abusive. It ended in a messy divorce.

It is NOT ok to be late to #1!!
June 6, 2013 9:55 am

doing just one more ‘thing’ for your neighbor, friend etc. means that you care more about them than the person waiting for you. if you were to meet someone important that u cared about you would NOT keep them waiting, its simply stealing time and showing you value other things more. There is RARELY a real reason to be late.

June 6, 2013 9:45 am

I know right. I agree with you.

I am shocked
June 6, 2013 9:36 am

How everyone says it’s ok to be late on a date!!!!!!!
Seriously us girls spend time getting ready. This is not just meeting up with a friend..it’s your possible HUSBAND/WIFE!
I just don’t understand all of these comments! It’s one thing to be a late person in general, fine, but to come late on a DATE with a woman who spent time getting ready and it looking forward to meeting you..it’s just mean. I would be really ticked off.

Agree with #4
June 6, 2013 9:22 am

As a married man I can assure you that when you will be married, you will wait for your wife to get ready for any event for a long, long, long time.

That said, being late to a date is not mentchlich, but nor is it the end of the world.

A Rabbi
June 6, 2013 8:36 am

I am in general somewhat late, similarly to the first commentor, because I am usually trying to get something done.

Years back when I was dating, I believe I came late on a few dates. To be honest, I think there could be no greater honesty than that. My wife had to think right then about whether she could deal with someone who comes late or not. By the way, she decided yes!

I’m not sure what the point of this article is!

First date
June 6, 2013 8:32 am

My first date was 45 minutes late! Turned out she had bigger issues than just that and she didn’t last past the second date.

I agree
June 6, 2013 8:22 am

Keeping someone waiting is rude and inconsiderate.

June 6, 2013 2:48 am

very nicely said
last paragraph – 4th line should say forgiving

June 6, 2013 1:42 am

How about when you set a time and text later you”ll be a few minutes late just shows you’re not actually so rigid.

June 6, 2013 1:19 am

Don’t be late for this don’t be late for that…. Your going to analyze every situation whether its valid or not?!?! So he was late SO? Believe me no matter how many times a poor little girl will have to wait 5 or even 6 minutes for her shiduch bocher to finish brushing his teeth or run to the cleaners for his shirt, when they will be married or anyone as married will be waiting 10 folds! For his SWEET SWEET wife to finish with her make up Etc…… Now let’s write an article on that. Point is since in… Read more »

so,so true
June 6, 2013 1:04 am

I know from experience

new york too?
June 6, 2013 1:01 am

being late in a crazy city like new york is something normal for me, not understaniding someone,s situation is the real problem

almost always late
June 6, 2013 12:10 am

As someone who is almost always late, I can assure you, it is not because I think that other people’s time is less valuable. Do I have time-management issues? Yes but rest assured that I am usually late because I am so busy trying to get “JUST ONE MORE THING” done for my family, friends, neighbors, the woman who just had a baby, etc, etc. Think twice before you count someone out because of one issue. It bothered my husband at first but he is used to it now.

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