Y’all, I’m really lucky. My girlfriend does these really courteous things for me all the time, like:
- opens her car door for me
- opens the doors of buildings we’re entering for me
- walks on the outside lane/closest side to traffic when we take walks
- brings me flowers when we go on dates
And I’m always like “thanks babe, you’re such a …”
And then I pause, because I want to finish that statement with “gentleman” but she’s no man! And gentlewoman just doesn’t have the same effect.
So I say something along the lines of “… nice girlfriend” but I’m left wishing I could express so much more, and wondering why there isn’t a feminine version of the word gentleman?
Or maybe there is, and I’m just dumb? You guys should let me know.
(And for the record, I do gentleman-like things for her too…like this one time we went out to eat and I ordered her dinner for her. She seemed to really like that.)