So, visiting my sister in law and BIL over the weekend. Their house is always a zoo of people and kids on holiday weekends. Here is the roster of participants: BIL, SIL, wife, niece, Niece’s husband, niece’s kids (3 girls,ages 6, 9, and 12). Also present was the 12 year old’s best friend. A 13 year old named Allie. I’m 48 years old by the way. So it was obvious to me that Allie was showing a higher level of interest in me than normal. She looked at me constantly to see how I responded to things she did, seeking approval. She came and sat next to me, and sat closer than you would have expected for someone you just met an hour before. Lots of other little things that added up to the fact that she was smitten. Other people noticed too. Both my wife and my SIL privately said something about it. All agreed that I was doing nothing to encourage her other than being the nice charming guy that I try to be at these sort of family get togethers
The real eye opener though was her physical contact venture into flirting. Not sexual, but unmistakably affectionate. I was sitting on the end of the couch and had my left foot stretched out on the ottoman. Allie walks by, essentially walking around past my foot where she could reach down as she walked by and touch it. She did, by giving the top of my foot a little scratch, scratch, scratch as she walked by. Not sure if that description conveys what happened well, but it was subtle in that no one else saw it, but unmistakably obvious to me. She didn’t look at me as she did it, but she looked back when she was a few feet away with a demure kinda smile.
I made a effort the rest of the day to not be in a position to interact with her except when there was a group conversation going on. I wasn’t rude. I just lowered the chances of anything else happening.
Told my wife about it later, she was surprised at Allie’s actions. We don’t know the girls parents and haven’t said anything to anyone else. We are just going to let it go and be cautious if she is around in the future.
It was weird. Anyway, there ya go.