How long does it take to fall in love?

Tell me: How long does it take to fall in love with someone?

A glimpse? Three seconds of eye contact? One really good conversation? Five years of texting?

Also tell me: How much to consider your own desperation to fall in love?

And finally, once you truly know you are in love, how long does it take for them to fall in love with you? Does it take the same amount of time as it took you, or an eternity?

And one more thing: What do you do if it never happens — either for you (to them), or for them (to you), or for both of you (with no one)? How long does one keep waiting for it happen? Can you ever give up and leave this strange game?

June 29, 2022