Appears as though I have ended my 1 year no-dating sabbatical 6 months early.
In December, while waiting in line at DMV to get plates for my new car, I had a nice conversation with the man standing in front of me. He gave me his card and said if I ever wanted to continue our conversation to give him a call. I waited 10 days to email him, because I just wasn't sure I wanted to open the can of worms. I am a bit reticent (and in all honesty, a tad bit fearful) to date right now. I am loving this time on my own and don't know if I want to screw around with it. Plus, I don't know if I completely trust myself to not fall into my typical dating MO. At the same time, though, I strive to push myself when I get too comfortable in any state of mind. So... here we go!
Due to traveling, working, holidays, moving (his moving), we weren't able to get together until this last Saturday. We met for coffee at a local tea/coffee house.
The conversation flowed beautifully and easily. He's attractive, beautiful blue eyes. He's older, I'd say his late 40's (I'm 37), which I prefer. Very urban (which is a MUST for me), well-traveled and, based on some of the stories/experiences he shared with me, mild-tempered and compassionate. No kids and never been married. I inquired more about both of those: he raised his little sister, which seemed to have fulfilled his need to raise one of his own, and has been very career-driven with lots of traveling/moving, which is not too conducive to marriage/children. He does have strong relationships with his brothers/sisters and nieces/nephews and loves children.
Oh, he also responded very well to my new career pursuit, which many people often have very strong, negative responses towards. Honestly, it is pretty easy to weed out the ones that are not a good match for me based on how they respond to my telling them that my ultimate passion is to work with severely emotionally disturbed adolescents/teens in residential/hospital treatment centers. Apparently, his brother-in-law also works with the population.
Anyway, we are meeting next Saturday to go to the Farmer's Market.