Last night after talking, Carolina Man sent me an email that said, "How are you not taken? How am I this lucky? When am I going to wake up from this dream?"
I'm not taken because I've been waiting for him to come into my life. He's so secure in who he is, and that in turn encourages me to be my authentic self. While we haven't known each other long, I can say in complete confidence that the parts of me he has seen have been the real me.
He has two of the essential things I was looking for: emotional maturity and the willingness (and in his case, also the ability) to communicate what he's thinking and feeling. These are my non-negotiables and he's got them.
I could hardly sleep last night because I was so excited about him getting here today, showing him my life here and getting to know him better. Just a few more hours!