I went on a fourth date with 'G' yesterday, and I told numerous little white lies leading up to and during the date. He originally asked me to do something Friday night, but I said I had plans and suggested brunch on Saturday instead. After brunch, I faked having to go to work to avoid spending the rest of the afternoon with him, even though I could very easily have worked on Sunday instead. And when he asked what I was doing Monday night, I pretended to have a soccer game on Monday, even though it's actually on Wednesday.
And afterward, I thought, "Wow, this is so not normal." It's not normal to have an "Oh, it's just you again" reaction when you get a thoughtful text from a guy you've been dating. It's not normal to lie to avoid seeing someone. Not being super excited about going on a date is one thing, but repetitive lying to avoid spending time with someone? Not normal.
So I went back to trying to decide how I was going to end it. My girlfriends said I could get away with an email. And then, I took a poll of some guy friends. Every single one said that male ego-wise, it was better for the girl to never respond. Never call back. Never text back. Never email back. Just completely drop off the face of the planet.
I was a little shocked that this was their advice! I'd be PISSED if I never heard back from a guy after four good dates. I hate being left hanging. I'd be sitting there for at least a week, wondering what happened. "I don't think I can do that," I told them, before remembering I had done exactly that at least twice last year.
Maybe I've matured or grown or something, but really, I think that this last year of dating has made me more sensitive to just how awful it is, for all parties involved, to be out there dating in the first place, without having to deal with selfish, rude, insensitive jerks (like the one I apparently was last year).
So today, when the rain ruined my plans to go to the beach and his plans to do some outdoor drinking and 'G' called to see if I wanted to see a movie instead, I knew I couldn't just not call back. Here was this nice, great guy who just wanted to spend some time with me, and I was actually contemplating dropping off the face of the planet? I called and awkwardly told him I just needed to take a break from dating in general (which is true). I think I probably sounded a bit like I was going to cry (which I did a little later) because his response wasn't, "Uhhhhh okay," it was, "Sure, it's your call, but is everything okay?" When I told him I'd just had a really up-and-down year (also true), he responded, "Well I just want to make sure you're okay," which just made me feel even worse. Not because I was ending it, but because I couldn't bring myself to like such a nice, good guy. And then there was the complete and total awkwardness of ending the actual phone call itself. I may as well have just said, "Have a nice life" and it would've been equally as awkward.
So here I am again, completely of my own volition this time, back at Square 1.