My ideal mate is someone who is my best friend. We would be so much a part of each other, that our lives would not feel complete without the other. When anything good or bad happens, he would be the first person that comes to my mind to talk to. He would get along with my son and be a male role model for him to look up to and emulate. He would share some common interests with me, but have his own also. For me, actions always speak volumes louder than words.
My ideal first date wouldn't be some expensive restaurant or something, although it's okay for special occasions. He would plan a picnic for us at a park, historical site, or the beach. He would remember things like foods and drinks that I like or dislike, how I drink my coffee, my fears, and my dreams -- little things that show me he pays attention and wants to know me.