I found myself in an interesting position when I woke this morning—both literally (crick in my neck) and figuratively (said crick is from sleeping in the crook of Derek’s arm). Yes, I spent the night with him. It’s really not what you think.
Well, maybe just a little.
Let me back up. You know those little misgivings I’ve been feeling about Aaron? It finally hit me that I need to listen to my gut, even if I don’t know yet what it’s trying to tell me. Slow down? Look more closely? There’s something there. I’m not ready to close up shop with Aaron and draw down verdicts or anything, but isn’t that kind of the point? No drastic decisions before their time.
Something else has been on my mind: Why is it that girls are always the ones waiting to be chosen? Whether it’s for the phone call or the little velvet box, there’s a lot of sitting around hoping for rings. I guess that’s why I was subconsciously in a holding pattern to see what Aaron’s next moves might be before I made any of my own. The thing is, I’m bolder in almost every other aspect of my life, pretty good at creating my own destiny. I don’t usually wait to be chosen. I choose. I do this with jobs, friends, where I live—pretty much everything. Why not do it with my dating life? Why not call Derek with no pretense that it’s just business? My relationship with Aaron is young enough and un-committed enough for that. I’m not saying I wasn’t nervous, but I did it.
So, last night Derek and I met for dessert at Yum. He’s really got this slow and steady sort of thing going on, a good listener who talks only when he has something worth saying. And again, he’s really, really funny. We decided after dessert to take a little walk, but as we were toying with the idea of going for sushi, some random wiener dog came tearing around the corner and toppled Derek into a parking meter. It was the funniest thing I’ve seen in months, a grown man being taken down by a wiener dog, and we laughed ourselves silly. Anyway, he twisted his ankle in the process! Some first date. We cabbed it to his car, which I then had to drive. Then I had to help him into his apartment and, well, va-va-voom.
Okay, not really.
But there was some action. The action was different than with Aaron, who tends to manhandle a bit. It’s not that I don’t like it, and it’s definitely not a 50 Shades kind of thing. Aaron’s just impassioned, which can be hot but sometimes almost frantically so. Derek took a long time to go in for the kiss, at least a few hours into our conversation on his couch. Once he did, he was slow and really savored it. This guy took his time and smiled between kisses. I don’t know how to describe that part, but it was so attractive—like an expression of pleasure instead of vice. The way he kept his eyes on me just felt nice, even comfortable. That’s how I ended up falling asleep on his couch, probably mid-make-out, a packet of frozen peas strapped to his ankle. (I’m going to need one for my neck tonight!)
So, here’s the deal: I just don’t have both feet in the water with Aaron. I think he knows that. If he asks, I’ll tell him. Derek already knows I’ve been seeing someone, so no illusions there. For now, I’m choosing to keep my options open, because what I am definitely serious about is making my own happiness.