A boy texts you everything you hope to hear.
A man tells you what he thinks in person.
A boy always has an excuse why he can’t see you, which he delivers via text.
A man makes plans and keeps them.
A boy tells you he is falling deeply for you and wants to live with you in the Keys.
A man suggests he will miss you, but hopes he can visit as often as you will invite him.
A boy tells you he is falling deeply for you and then stops suggesting even a last-minute drink when he gets off work, preferring, instead, to hang out alone or play darts with a guy friend.
A man tells you he’s got plans with his buddies tonight, but makes plans to take you to dinner tomorrow.
A boy tells you that you are being “crazy” when you beg for honesty about how he’s really feeling.
A man tells you where you and he stand–for better or worse–so that you have enough information to decide if you want to stand next to him.
A boy ends it by simply being silent, usually after a final bootie call that he insists wasn’t.
A man says he wishes it could have been different, but he understands that you are moving away in less than five days.
You know you will eventually get over the boy.
You hope to eventually learn how to recognize a good man.
A boy broke my heart.
A man says he knows my heart is hurting, but he’s happy enough to help me hang blinds in my new Keys house.