No sooner did I click publish on my declaration of true singleness, another former high school classmate contacted me on Facebook.
The good news is that we hardly knew each other in high school. I'm not sure we ever even talked to each other though I do remember who he was.
With Soldier as a former classmate/old high school friend, there were already judgments and expectations of who I thought he was or could be.
This person has the advantage of showing me who he is now. Just as any new man would.
I think I'll call him Gentleman Jack.
I examined Gentleman Jack's Facebook profile as I would any other man. Hmmm...
Cheerful and positive status updates.
Fisherman. (I go weak for people who fish. I grew up fishing with my Papa every weekend. I know that a man who fishes has infinite patience and love for nature.)
Hot. Um. Wow.
Then the kicker...
He lives in my hometown in Louisiana.
But I thought what the hell and began responding to his flirtatious emails.
Shortly after, we exchanged email addresses outside of Facebook.
We began with our stories... what we'd been up to the last 22 years. We talked about our professional lives and our personal lives.
After explaining to him that I actually moved to Dallas to pursue a singing career, he replied, "When do I get the pleasure of having you sing to me?"
I love a guy who can flirt like I do.
With that, we exchanged phone numbers.
One of the first questions I asked Gentleman Jack on the phone was,
"Why are we doing this? You're single. I'm single. Its obvious we want to get to know each other. But you're there. I'm here."
His answer to my question intrigued me so much:
"All I know, T, is that there's someone else in charge here. I'm not scared of that."
I wrote a post in November of traits I was looking for in a man. Faith was on that list. Along with other traits I've noticed in the 4-hour-each-night conversations I've had with him so far.
Forgiving and accepting.
Good empathetic listener.
Confident but humble.
Good family values.
I can't say that I'm not intrigued. He seems like a big-hearted wonderful person that I'm happy to call friend. His words and his actions seem to make him a genuine, amazing man.
I look forward to evaluating this further when we go out on our first date next week.
Oh I told him about the blog too. He didn't even ask to know more.
"You'll tell me what you want to tell me when you're ready."
I wonder how many relationships have sprouted out of nowhere due to Facebook?
Surely there's a study somewhere.