We got in the car and I could see him across the way opening his door for his lady friend (after later stalking him via the internets, I learned that was his wife.) I saw him glance at our car one more time before getting in his and backing out. My mom knew he was obviously was a guy from my past and asked who he was and I filled everyone else in. I was like, "I don't think he saw me though. Luckily." To which Brenden scoffed and said he was staring at me the whole way through the parking lot.
So that was neat.
Why I couldn't have just said hello to him? I don't know. Or even a nod and friendly smile in his direction, just acknowledging his existence? Beats me! Because here is the thing- that guy? He was SO good to me when we dated. He took me on the funnest dates, drove all the way down to Orem to see me when I was going to school. My roommates thought he was awesome , he was TOTALLY cute, he had a lot of ambition and when it ended between us? It was not a bad break up. It was just a, "Our lives are taking us in different directions and this was fun, I think you're an amazing person but it's obviously not going to work out in the long run" sort of break up. I didn't even cry or mourn or anything because it was one of those "don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened" (I'm just as bugged by that cliche as you are) relationships. I don't regret dating him, or think he is a bad guy. I'm actually really happy for him and his wife and for how well his life is going. So WHY did I freeze up like he was the love of my life who put my heart in a blender and hit purée? BECAUSE HE DIDNT. I've gotten that way around other exes I've ran into, but those were for the aforementioned reasons. But him?! Ugh. In retrospect, I'm very embarrassed for the way I behaved.
Cool job, Whit. Cooool job.