He emails and texts…and emails and texts. That’s it. The phone isn’t ringing and he’s not asking you out. All you want is for him to plan a freaking date so you can actually spend time together! How do you get him to do that?
It’s important that you know, not just how to ask for what you want, but that it’s important to do so! Keep reading for the story of Debbie and Bill. It’s a perfect example of how and why you should kindly let a man know what would make you happy, and give him the chance to do it.
- Debbie and Bill meet at a party. They leave the party and go out to a club.
- They connect, have tons in common, have tons of fun, and Bill is pretty damn hot.
- They each say, “That was fun! Let’s do it again!”
- Months pass with texting, emailing, and an occasional call; but no in-person connection because…well…he doesn’t ask her out.
- Bill disappears.
- A few weeks pass, and Debbie calls Bill. He nicely tells her he is seeing someone else.
- Debbie, on Bobbi’s advice, gives Bill her best wishes, and tells him that she’s still interested, and if it doesn’t work out, she’d like him to get in touch. (Yes, really! Put your ego aside because people have short romances all the time. Nothing shameful about sticking around and being available if his didn’t work out.)
- A couple months pass, and Bill texts: Wanna have a drink tonight?
- Debbie (who is dating but still hasn’t met anyone special) meets him. (Bad move.) They drink, talk, have fun, and share a juicy yummy kiss or two.
- Bill disappears again.
- A month passes, Bill sends an “I’m interested/wink” kinda thing to Debbie on her online dating site.
- Debbie (who is sure Bill is “The One” even though she hardly knows him) wants to email back and say “Hi! Nice to hear from you” and continue as things were.
- I tell her, again, bad move. If she’s dating to find love, she shouldn’t keep letting him pop in and out of her life with last minute get-togethers and online flirts. She asks “What do I do if he’s not asking me out on a real date?”
- On my advice, she writes:
We seem to have a lot of interests, needs, and beliefs in common, which is really cool. And you’re pretty damn handsome. 🙂 I guess I’m too old, and quite clear about what I eventually want…that I want you to know what I’m thinking. It would be great to see you again. If you are interested in getting to know each other better, you have my number; would love you to call me. Let’s have a fun lunch or dinner together.
Enjoy your day!
Bill calls Debbie within a couple hours, and asks her out to a nice dinner for the next Friday night.
Debbie has shifted the dynamic of their relationship. How this will end is yet to unfold, but here’s the point: She (like you) is a mature woman dating to find love. Respect yourself enough to ask to be treated special and seriously; especially after a few encounters with a man.
If a man you’re interested in isn’t treating you this way, tell him what you like about him, and then kindly let him know what you want or need. By telling him clearly, you’re giving him the chance to do it. If he responds positively, that’s good! It shows he cares for you and wants to make you happy. If he doesn’t step up, it just means he’s not a good match for you. Accept it and move on. Next!
P.S.: Great work, Debbie!!! I know it was difficult for you…but you rocked it!
I know this is an old post, but I’ve been reading through the blog so I hope someone is stil out there reading comments because I need help.
I met a man at work (we are colleagues but not at all interdependent on each others role; we don’t share office space or see each other daily at work).
At our first introduction it was clear we were attracted. Later that week there was a professional cocktail party that we both attended and he was very attentive. I gave him a ride home, he invited me in, we talked and shared a beer, but nothing happened (neither of us made a move). The day after, I sent a txt saying I enjoyed the evening. Since then we have communicated by text, and he drops in my office to say a brief hello (which I adore).
We always meet at his place and had sex on the 4th or 5th meeting. Since then it’s always been meeting at his place, having sex, then chatting or sharing videos. He’s not much of a talker (but I think it’s partly cultural -he’s not American).
We’ve been “seeing” each other for about 6wks. This week we started talking about going hiking.
I cant get a read on him at all!
We are both midlife. He’s divorced, no children. Should I just wait and see how the hike goes? I’m definitely one to enter cautiously, but I really enjoy his presence and would like to know where we stand. any feedback is appreciated!