Its dark days when I post on Craigslist, which is exactly what I did this last weekend. I was fed up and lonely, so I decided to take a shot, mostly to renew my happy feelings of not dating and worrying about it. All I got were creeps responding, some even sending a few dick pics. I felt like no one was reading my post.
As I was considering taking it down, I get an email notification on my phone flashing the name of a guy I went to high school with. He was the most awkward and closed off guy in my graduating class. I had always had a crush on him just because he was mysterious, quiet, and shy. I wanted what I (or anyone else for that matter) could have.
I was in shock as I opened the email, scrolling between picture and text. It was defintiely him, and he seemed a lot different. I emailed him back, though sort of hesitant because I wasn’t sure how he felt about me in high school. I was pleasantly surprised to see that he was happy to get back in touch.
We immediately added each other to Skype and caught up on everything that has happened in the last 9 years. We made plans to meet the next day (as I was going to be in his area of town anyways, which is about 30-45 minutes depending on traffic).
I was excited and nervous. I felt more confident than the usual first dates, since we already knew each other, but at the same time I was worried since I had gained a lot of weight since high school.
I messaged him when I was heading to Starbucks (our chosen meeting spot). I wasn’t waiting long before he showed up and we recognized each other easily. He sat at my table and took out our senior year book. As I flipped through it we pointed out people we remembered, both friends and bullies. I caught him up on the people we hung out with back then, since I still hang out with half of them weekly.
We sat there chatting for an hour or so, then got in my car and I drove us to the river walk area. We got out and started walking the main road before he saw a trail and wanted to explore. It was a great workout, but it sure was rough on my feet (foot issues are part of the reason I had to take a desk job). After coming back from the trail, we sat on the benches that overlooked the setting sun over the river and just talked.
Sadly it ended all too soon (and I was too chicken shit to get a hug). I drove him home, then went home myself. It was really nice to reconnect, especially with a whole new person. There is definitely a potential there for more, but neither of us are looking for it. Ha, I certainly wouldn’t mind though. 😉
For the record though, my CL ad went down today. I think I found what I am looking for, at least this time around.