I am sitting here, reflecting on my lunch date yesterday. Wondering why I never noticed before that the Jardin de Luxembourg is such a terribly romantic place to be on a Tuesday afternoon. I have just upgraded this garden to my favorite romantic spot in Paris. There is nothing like a garden in Paris, on a nice cool October day, to make you want to walk with someone special, holding hands, even sitting together on a bench... doing what Parisian couples tend to do on Parisian park benches in Parisian parks. Sort of makes one wonder how the Senators at the Senat building (also in the park) get any work done at all, if they are distracted when looking out of the windows with all the kissing taking place under their very noses.
And yes, we did have lunch. At the restaurant in the park. Outside. Romantic white-clothed table for two. Wine... birds. We ate... something... I don't remember what. Neither does he. Too busy just being together, talking. Gazing.
He is very French, every bit the well-dressed, well-educated Parisian and yet in some ways not. Sense of humor, for one thing -- he's definitely got one! I am relieved to say that in person, he was not only just as he had represented himself online (WHEW!) but the more I got to know, the more I liked. Articulate, thoughtful, affectionate, very attractive to me, considerate... lovely smile, and eyes that looked directly into mine without hesitating. I get the distinct feeling he really SEES me, the person I am on the inside as well as on the outside. And he is making it very clear that he likes what he sees. I am liking what I see in him so far, too. There is a sense of égalité between us.
This is more than a little unnerving right now. For both of us. How is it possible to feel this comfortable, this soon? We don't understand it. It is overwhelming. Unexpected. More than a little confusing. But I am enjoying it... more than words can say.
Wow. That's the only word right now. Wow.
After lunch, I had to be back home for an afternoon client meeting, and amazed myself by actually being able to concentrate on the client after such a head-spinning afternoon, and ended up having a very productive meeting despite my inner distractions.
But I met him for dinner later.