Question by Megan: What is the best way to approach this situation?
So, I’m 21 and the guy is 33. He used to be my manager, but switched areas. While he was my manager, he waved all of my absences so that I wouldn’t get in trouble for them. He would always give me more hours, call me in, etc., and always made small remarks about me/my attitude/etc. Once, when I was upset over my ex, he was really sweet and consoled me and bumped my shoulder, trying to make me laugh. He gave me his number when he was selling his motorbike so that I could look around and try and find someone to sell it to, but ever since he changed areas, we’ve been texting outside of work. He initiated the first text after he changed areas when he was at the airport going on his vacation. Since then, I’ve mostly initiated the text conversations. Recently, about a few months ago, I broke up with my ex and ever since he (the manager) found out, he’s texted me more frequently. He didn’t know that I was single until I was texting him, saying how cold I was, and he said, “Don’t you have anyone to cuddle?” I told him, no, I’ve been single for awhile, so I don’t have anyone. The next day, we were texting for a lot longer than usual. And then, recently, I texted him saying my plans got cancelled and I was bored and he asked who I had plans with, “A boyfriend ;)” and when I said no, he went, “A romantic friend, then?” and I said no to that, too. Also, he keeps bringing up these movies he wants to see, one of them he knew I would see, and I suggested we go see it and told him to tell me when he wanted to go since he’s more busy and he said that sounded good.
But he said he’s not interested in anyone from work and also that he has his guard up against women right now because he’s scarred from his last relationship. Yet he acts like he’s interested in something more.
Just tonight, he was walking through my department aimlessly and I asked him what he was doing. He had just gotten there, but he said, “I was just getting away from the office. What are you doing?” so I told him and then he followed me and we were talking for awhile, some of it was personal and then it turned to work, but he was asking me when I was going to quit this place. I told him hopefully soon.
So, it almost sounds like he doesn’t want to make any moves because he’s a manager and employees aren’t allowed to see managers, but at the same time, he’s making it out that he doesn’t want to see anyone. My coworker thinks that he’s definitely into me and all my other coworkers used to joke about how we would make a cute couple.
What should I do with this situation?
It’s not that I’m desperate and it’s not that big of an age gap. I have other guys that are interested in me and I’ve tried going out w/them, but at the end of the day, I end up wanting to talk to him. I like him a lot, which is the biggest problem. We’ve known each other for a year, but have only not been working together for a couple months.
Answer by Benjamin
Forget it, he was in 6th grade when you were born, I’ve never seen anyone this desperate
If he’s 23 your 21 then you made a typo
After a hard day, ask him if he wants a drink, don’t get too close, and start a relationship from there
PS it’s best to ignore me since I’m way younger than both of you
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