7 Skills We Wish All Boyfriends Had

So, you found yourself a man and things are going swell. He’s as perfect as you could ever hope someone else could be, yet, you still find yourself wishing for more. Don’t get me wrong – you’re totally happy with him and he’s definitely a keeper – but you still can’t deny the fact that if only he had one or two other skills, he’d literally be the most amazing man on the planet. No matter how great your guy is, it’s nearly impossible for him to be as awesome as he already is and have the following skills.

  1. He can cook a gourmet meal Or anything with five or more ingredients. C’mon, we’ll even accept a basic stir-fry. Why is it so hard to find a guy who cooks well and also likes to cook? Most guys just put two standalone foods together and call it a new thing. Noodles + nacho cheese sauce = homemade mac n’ cheese? If I wanted that, I’d go to the store and buy a box of Velveeta. So if your boyfriend already cooks, consider yourself extremely lucky, and also let us know where you found him.
  2. He knows his way around all kinds of tech While there are a lot more women entering science and technology fields today than there were a decade ago, a lot of us still just aren’t good with that stuff. I don’t even know the first thing about hooking up an Xbox. So it’s super handy to have a guy who actually cares enough to even learn the names for all those cables, along with keyboard shortcuts and troubleshooting. Because one day, your wifi connection WILL be lost, and it’s either up to you, or him, and it’s not you.
  3. He can fix anything Ideally, we should learn how to fix basic stuff on our own, but for the more complex, it would be nice to not have to rely on our fathers or good old Uncle Duct Tape. Instead, when your chandelier decides to rip itself from your ceiling, or your toilet just goes “screw this” and stops flushing, it would be pretty nice if your man could get out his tools and fix that stuff. Or, if he could at least find someone else to fix it instead of leaving it like that for a week before you nag him to death.
  4. He can draw or paint you This isn’t really a useful skill, but isn’t it just sexy as hell? You guys could be like Jack and Rose from Titanic. It would be amazing. Having an artist on hand would also mean you’d never have to shell out money to buy art, because he could just custom-make it for you. And you know you always wanted to hang up a life-size portrait of you lying naked on a couch.
  5. He can get along with your father and charm your mother This one’s tricky, because I think it’s pretty safe to say most fathers don’t like boyfriends if only because they know what they want. They were young guys at some point too. So if your man miraculously has even a good relationship with your father, he’s doing something right. Getting along with your mother is usually a lot easier, but we know women like to nitpick so he still has to charm her.
  6. He has street smarts You never need to worry about anything when you’re with him. You two could be walking down a deserted street in the middle of the night and you’d feel perfectly fine. A guy who can get himself out of a bad situation is extremely nice to have, because you never know what can happen. It’s like all those disaster movies with The Rock. Now that guy has some skills.
  7. He can practically read your mind Wouldn’t it be great if your guy always knew when you were craving Cool Ranch Doritos? Or if he knew exactly where you wanted to go for a weekend getaway? Unfortunately, guys are usually oblivious to things unless we specifically tell them what we want or how we feel. It’s just a fact of life. But if you happen to find a guy who can actually get pretty close to guessing correctly, you might want to hang onto him for a while.
Chelsey is a freelance writer in NYC. She's pretty normal by today's standards, or at least that's what her mother tells her.