*awakened by the immense need to take pain meds*
well...we'll see. I like him, and we kind of flirt a lot...but whether that's just a natural tendency of his or it's because he really does like/admire/respect me - that's kind of open to question. I think it's the latter, but I'm good at reading too much into things (thanks, English degree!), but my friends who've seen us together tell me there are a lot of fireworks going off whenever we're together. And he's constantly telling me he loves "my personality" and my attitude and the way I've handled this situation and...well...in my experience, few guys who have platonic intentions will rarely admire those qualities so openly.
Plus, every time he sees me he has something (nice) to say about my appearance - he loves my shirt, my hair looks really nice, he really likes my shoes, etc. The second time we got together we were sitting outside in the summer twilight, in the patio area of a great little bar and grill he introduced me to - with a koi pond and artificial waterfalls out back. In the middle of our conversation, when the setting sun hit my eyes at a certain (but not blinding) angle, he said (totally out of the blue), "You have the most beautiful eyes." I was flustered.
When I warned him I was going to shock him with the halo, the first thing he said when he got here and I opened the door was, "Aww, you don't look bad at all!" - took me up in a big hug, gave me a big kiss on the cheek. And then when he left that night, he gave me a big hug again, tried to kiss my cheek (but missed - we were standing inside his car door and getting past those pins is tricky in a small space). So he kissed my forehead instead, then took my hand and kissed my hand, said, "Wow...your hands smell so nice!" then stroked them..."And feel nice, too."
So...hmmm...I dunno! He charmed and impressed my mom (and that's hard to do!); he doesn't shrink at the idea of possibly meeting my family (that "would be awesome," according to him - but maybe it would be "awesome" because he's hoping to meet someone more attractive than me? I don't know - but I'm one of 3 unmarried girls left, and one of those unmarried girls is 2 - the other is 20 and way prettier than me, but not interested in serious relationships).
The evidence is overwhelmingly FOR him, and when he and I got into a fight about a girl who text-messaged me from his phone and told me he was "hers," he realized her true colors, admitted he was wrong in getting angry with me, and apologized for both his part and her wrongdoing in the misunderstanding. And DITCHED HER!
Maybe I'm just obsessing, but it does really feel like something is "right." He's always suggesting we get together and "do something" - I know his schedule is difficult right now because he holds down 2 jobs, while I'm not working. We don't get to see each other often because he no longer works for the County, and I don't work at the site where we met (we used to work in offices next door to each other). That part is a relief, because office romances are not frowned upon where we work - but getting into one is asking to become a banquet for the gossip hounds, who will tear you apart and eat you alive.
So we kept things very low-key while we both worked in the County, but ever since he left the County he's really stepped it up. I just have to wonder...ya know...?