If I'd have known Veronica's agenda at a more timely juncture, how seriously would I have taken whatever attentions she paid to me? I feel, that in dragging this deal out with this current young woman, I can see more clearly that she just wanted me as an ardent admirer as well. How seriously do I have to take her, in light of this guess I have about HER agenda in regards to me?
Things never went sideways between myself and this young woman, because I slowed things down to the point where I can pick my spots to make intelligent decisions about her. My willingness to slow things way, way down, to the point where even I can sort through all the confusion, PROVES DEFINITIVELY, once and for all, that I care for this person a great deal, and I probably always will. That doesn't oblige me to take her all that seriously, though.