Wow, there are some weirdos out there. Serious weirdos.
I still don't know what I want out of this. I don't want a new relationship....yet. But I do want a little flirtation. It's nice to be noticed, to be complimented, to be pursued a bit. I've been asked on a couple of dates, and I've been pursued by a dozen or so guys. A dozen! After being married a dozen years (and partnered more than that), this is pretty amazingly fun. Of that dozen, there are a couple who are moderately interesting to me. I haven't chosen to go on a date yet, but we'll see.
This looks nice....
It is nice to be flattered. Really, really nice.
Something new I'm trying this go-around is that I'm not reaching out to men, I'm waiting for them to reach out to me. Part of this is a mindshift about my own ability to attract attention: I decided that I AM a catch, and that men WILL contact me. This is proving true. The other part of this is that I am not interested in passive men, and I'm not interested in doing all of the work....ever again. If a guy likes me, he can darn well shoot off a pleasant email in my direction. The truth is, if he's not willing to take that much of a risk for me, he's just not for me.
I'm a take charge kind of girl. This is a very new approach for me...but I think that there is something to it.