True. And they (or in this case) he also has no reservations about stating clearly that he thinks taking things slowly is a good idea. (Although, to be difficult, I don't believe that it's chronological, but emotional, age that's at issue, here.) Doesn't mean I have to agree with or acquiesce to his stance. He let me know straight up where he's coming from. There's nothing unclear about, "I'm interested, but I think we should take things slowly." At least I have no problem interpreting that exactly as stated. I'm so over reading into what guys say. What they say is, is. I can't read anybody's mind, nor would I attempt to. It's up to me to decide how to process his statement and actions and how/whether to react to them. I also get to decide what to do if things don't come along in a way that's comfortable for me. If there's one good thing about being older, it's that you know that, pretty much no matter what happens emotionally, it won't kill you.