I had a feeling it was going to be a good night with TC when I received this comment from a stranger as I was en route to the restaurant where we were meeting:
Scene: I’m waiting to cross the street – near me is one of those eccentric types that make up the fabric of New York.
Suddenly, Eccentric Guy says to me, “Isn’t it amazing”… (pause… now I’m very curious to see what he finds amazing!)… he continues, “how nice you look!”
I burst out laughing, and I hope I remembered to say “thank you”. It gave me a rush of good feelings, and I had a big smile on my face as I continued to meet TC. I was feeling more confident than I had felt in days, wearing a flattering wrap dress that had garnered compliments at the office.
TC had a Friend/Colleague in town, and had asked earlier in the week if it was OK if he joined us for dinner, since it was the only night available to do so (and he also wanted me to meet said friend). No problem there – I tend to make a good impression on the friends, so I was happy to oblige.
As soon as I saw them, TC gave me a big kiss and hug hello, and I felt any nervousness dissipate immediately. I enjoyed dinner and conversation with the two of them, but was longing for alone time with TC.
It was a happy moment when, after dinner, F/C said he was going off to meet other friends, and TC and I headed back to my place. He admitted that while he was pleased that F/C and I had a chance to meet, he couldn’t wait to have time alone together – that he had missed me while he was away, and needed his “[Loverville] dosage”.
So – things are looking good right now. I’m still giddy about him, but also feel (in a grounded / rational way) that something very positive is happening here.
Tonight’s the night: I’m going to attempt to cook dinner for him! Ssh… it’s a surprise – he thinks we’re just meeting at my place, and winging it from there. Wish me luck! I’m having heart palpitations already…
QUICK UPDATE, the next day: dinner was a success! Well - I thought it was just OK, but TC really liked it. He seemed pretty excited to get a home-cooked meal -- that doesn't happen every day in NYC!