You'll have to read LAST WEEK's post to really follow this one.
I always went early to meet the guys I agreed to meet from matchmaker.com. That way I could feel comfy and greet them. It worked very well for me. I'm still a bit like that, I think. I'm pretty sure my time obsession (being on time) is a result of my time in Japan!
So, I was seated in the waiting area. I did wander around a bit, too. He was late. Not horribly late, but I did wonder if he was going to stand me up, too. I'm relatively sure my fragile ego couldn't have stood up to that again.
I knew him when I saw him. He looked very much like his profile picture. That was a relief. I'd met a few guys who looked NOTHING like their profile pictures. Seriously, NOTHING like their picture.
When he came in, I hugged him. I was very much into hugging back then. I still like them a lot, but rarely initiate much any more. I have loads of sort of sensory issues, so hugging can sometimes be a bit painful in a way that's difficult to describe to anyone who doesn't know what I'm talking about by just the way I've already described it.
I told the waitress who seated us to seat us in the smoking section. I knew Jessie was a smoker and he'd told me how shy he was, so I wanted to make sure he'd be comfy. He definitely was, as I never felt any indication that he was shy at all. (I've definitely seen manifestations of that since then!)
As soon as he sat down, I gave him a gift. He'd turned 21 while underway, so I gave him a birthday present when we first met. It was Chicken Soup for the Writer's Soul. I thought we had that in common (he said he liked to write). I'd already read the book and loved it. I made a cover for it, decorated with my lettering and some of my poems. I also wrote in the book (some of my poems, too). How silly a girl I was... and SO trusting!
He was very touched by the book. I think I even saw some wetness gather in his eyes. He told me no one had given him a gift and he couldn't remember if anyone wished him a happy birthday, either.
Yes, I was a thoughtful person. Still am.
We talked for hours. I talked a lot, it's true, but he talked a lot, too.
The only reason our date ended was because I decided I must get home so that I could wake up and go for my run. I was running somewhere around 6 miles each day when I met Jessie. I was pretty healthy and fit at that time in my life. The smallest size 10 I've ever been.
I wish I'd continued to care for myself first... to take care of my body temple instead of waiting for him all the time. Now, I'm a tight size 20 and XLG in my clothes and weigh a good bit more than 200 pounds (and I've shed some excess recently). If you read my Super Sunday Slimdown, you can find out the exact numbers if you're really curious.
If we did anything before leaving, I think we may have hugged. No kiss. Just another hug. That was very nice. Definitely soothed my concern over the wrong answer he gave in the multiple choice section!