Say you followed my advice, took a Thai cooking class, ignored the hottest guy (who all the other women flirted with) and went for 2nd-hottest (who also had a really nice scarf and Love in the Time of Cholera in his bag), looked at the course listings together and decided to take another class together next week and get a drink afterward.
Now it's been three weeks; you've been on four dates, he's cooked you dinner, you charmed his dog, he took you for sushi, you spent the night at his place, he emailed you at work, you called to say hi, he called you back. You think you really like him. Does he really like you too? You have no idea!
Everyone knows the anxiety of the early relationship. Your hope has sprung anew, but you're not sure if he's feeling the same. Is he daydreaming about you too? Coming up with baby names (though you know it's WAY too early)? Sure, you can read He's Just Not That Into You, but how do you know when he is into you? And even more to the point, how do you know he's going to stay that way?
The sad answer is that you can't know for sure; people change, novelty wears off, love ebbs and flows (or at least reconfigures). But there is one indicator that I think women underestimate—and sometimes even take as a bad sign: Is he appreciative? Can you tell that he's psyched to be with you? Does he say it or show you in some other way?
Here are 5 signs he's appreciating you and taking you seriously:
1. He's excited to make plans. He carves time out of his schedule for you. Maybe he even schedules the next date with you before you walk out the door in the morning.
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