Dear Amy: I met a girl on eHarmony, and we really hit it off. Over the past three weeks we have talked for only an hour total on the phone but have sent each other more than 500 texts. Now the texts are becoming distant. What started out as “Good night, sweet dreams, thinking of you,” is now just, “Night.”
I’ve tried phoning her, but it goes to voice mail, so I leave a message and go on with my day.
We have tried to meet up, but she works two jobs, has two kids and lives 25 minutes away. I am happy to drive but don’t think it’s fair to her kids to have some stranger come by and chat with their mother.
I am unsure of how to continue. Should I just wait until she initiates communication?
I really like this girl, and I’ve told her that much. She’s funny, smart, good looking and has a great sense of family values. I would like to have a relationship, but I’m not sure if stopping texting would imply “Hey I’m not interested anymore” or “Hey, I’m tired of texting.”
Amy says: Go for the “meet.” Texting, e-mailing and other forms of not-in-person communication should be used mainly to arrange to meet one another in person. Otherwise, you can write yourself into a romance that isn’t quite real.
Once you meet, you can text to your heart’s content, and while you still have no guarantee that a relationship will take off, at least you know that whatever interaction you have has some traction.
If someone doesn’t want to meet you (even to the extent of dashing out for coffee between other commitments), then she is not into you or is simply unavailable. Does it matter to you which she is? I hope not.
Stop texting her. You don’t need to explain yourself. She may respond by asking you where you went, in which case you can talk (or text) about it.
Dear Amy: I am tempted to try an “Aunt-ervention” with one of my nieces.
She has had tons of help from the family in various forms over the years. She has the skills to help a family member — sort of a payback but also an opportunity to step up and carry on one of our better family traditions.
I’m not directly affected by her (mis)behaviors, but I’m experiencing apoplexy as I watch her make selfish mistakes I have made myself and other (new and original) mistakes all her own.
This isn’t “Downton Abbey” and I ain’t Maggie Smith, so a lecture in the library is unlikely to accomplish anything except to alienate my twenty-something niece (and her parents).
Any suggestions, other than to mind my own business?
Amy says: Maggie Smith the heck out of this.