Dear Future Girlfriend,
The first thing I want to say is I’m sorry. You see, I’ve been in love with my running partner for a long time: she’s the kindest, most loyal, most loving person I’ve met thus far, and it certainly is worth mentioning that she’s beautiful. My problem is I’m having a hard time getting past this feeling. She’s much older than I am, straight, and married (to a man), so I know it’s not possible to be with her, and I value our friendship more than anything so I haven’t and probably will never tell her how I feel. To start the process of getting over the more-than-friends feeling with her, I’ve begun drawing back and being careful to be strictly platonic with no flirtatious nature whatsoever. Therefore, I may seem distant, unloving, uncommunicative, uncomfortable being touched/loved, and not altogether ready for a relationship. Perhaps I may even seem taken to you. All I ask is if you catch me looking—and you will—that you ask rather than assume. I promise I’m not any of the things I may seem. I have a whole lot of love and emotion wrapped up in a little gift for the right person to open up. So, when you finally meet me, don’t be afraid to tug on the bow—its contents are all for you.