Thanks for tall the comments and warnings I received on my last post. Yes. I do know that dangers, and I plan to heed your warnings. I'm not really interested in this person who works with (and for) me except as a friend. The vibes I'm getting from him make me cautious. I think he is interested. My bad is that I can be such a flirt, sending signals that aren't meant to be taken seriously. Well, not too seriously.
Much to learn yet have I. And then, there are all the excuses we make about "Oh, I'm different. I can handle this. This situation will be different." Such dangerous stuff.
My coming out in the work place has allowed this man to talk about his being gay in ways he never has before. Maybe it's freeing for him, too. He has worked there far longer than I have, and is quite secure in his job. It is a very specialized field he's in, and he is only part time, and much beloved by our "customers / constituents". Several years older than I, I think he's lonely.
So, it really would be a sticky wicket for sure.
The task is continuing with a friendly, yet professional, relationship, as another gay person on staff . . . . . . that's going to be a chore.