Waiting For Him To Call — Tips From Your Gay Best Friend
How long should you wait for him to call? Should you leave him a voicemail? Our gay BFF has the answers.
The time-span between a good date and the follow-up phone call is a no-man’s land.
Literally. Men vanish into thin air during this time faster than a squirrelly ex-con with a bag of money, leaving us to wonder if they’ll ever call and if so, when. It’s torture. We’ve all felt it. And like the show Cops, it’s not going away (warning to readers: I’ve been waiting for a post-date call from a guy and the resulting insomnia has kept me up all night watching syndicated police shows). Anyway, here’s how to cope until the phone rings:
Zen and the art of assuming
For me, the first “when will he call?” stirrings set in at about 9:15 the morning after the first date. By then, I’ve snooze-buttoned my way through breakfast (insomnia takes its toll), rushed to work and am at my desk fighting the urge to call my new beau. Surely, my date has performed the exact same morning routine and is now sitting in his equally lonely office fighting the urge to call me too. Right?
Wrong! Men (and women) are busy. And not everyone’s schedules are the same. Don’t assume that just because a guy met you (as amazing as we know you are) on Tuesday, that he’s going to be able clear his Wednesday schedule to make his next romantic move. Have patience. Lots of it. After all, he’s probably just gone undercover to bust an international car theft ring. But if (like me) you can’t or don’t have patience, keep reading.
Too often, after a good date, I forget all about myself. Suddenly, some near-stranger with broad shoulders and a gravely voice has eclipsed all of my other thoughts. I forget to do laundry, to feed the fish or to DVR CSI Miami. Then I wonder why I feel bad about myself when this person who I’ve given too much power to doesn’t call right away.
Don’t be like me. Instead, distract yourself by investing in yourself. Anything will do as long as it’s about you! Make plans to go out with your besties, plan a date with another potential suitor (this one really works), revamp your resume so you nail that next job interview or even re-read and comment on relevant BettyConfidential articles (yes, a shameless plug).