OK ... so I "met" this guy online about a year and a half ago. He found me while searching Yahoo profiles and sent me am IM. We talked for several weeks online and on the phone until we decided to take it to "real life." However, Sept 11 intervened before we could make plans. He's in the airline biz and was transferred to Florida so he could keep his job. He returned home, thinking he missed it more than he needed a job with the airlines. He got a job here with the utility company and HATED it. Anyway ... we went to dinner, movies, shows a few times and enjoyed ourselves. There were no fireworks or great passion, but more a warm sense of well-being together ... we were quietly comfortable. But then the day came after about two months when the calls and IMs stopped. My emails to him went unreplied to. I wasn't brave enough to call. Many reasons went through my mind ... he's never been married, no kids. I'm a single mom with a challenging kid (and that is the understatement of the decade!) that always found a way to at least interrupt our dates with a phone call. Once I had to end the date and go home. In any case, single moms are not a hot prospect to childless men. I wondered if this got to him? His job situation also could have been a reason. I understand that for many (most?) men, their job security and status is a large part of the ego. Insecurity in that arena leads to feeling insecure in all other parts of his life. And I'm a tough chick to get close to, to know what's going on in my heart and head ... a challenge for any man. So last night, out of the blue, Michael IM's me. We chatted for a while about what has been going on in our lives. He's back in the airline biz again and said he was very happy about that. He didn't offer any explanation for where he had disappeared to, but he did suggest that we go to dinner again soon. So ... how do I interpret this? Would I be nuts to give it another try? Or should I go for it and just enjoy what I can of it? BTW .. I am without a doubt probably the most stupid woman on the face of the earth when it comes to relationships.