Yes, I am probably overthinking something that is completely straightforward, but I'm just curious. I also don't want to know that he "likes" me romantically or anything. I love him as a friend. I just want to know what this all means.
My ISTP friend and I have been friends for two years now. He lives about an hour away and we barely see each other, but we still text pretty frequently. Recently, he's become a lot more affectionate and has said I love you several times [and has emphasized that this is special and rare] among other compliments.
We saw each other today and it was pretty interesting.
He drove a good distance that took quite a bit of time [I'm not sure how much exactly, but it could have been 30 mintues to an hour one way] just to have a short lunch with me. When he saw me he immedietely reached out for a hug and said that it was good to see me. In the past, we have NEVER hugged and he seemed awkward if I tried [which was once].
We had lunch and all that which was nice. He bought me the lunch [shoving my hand down when I tried to pay] and bought me candy at 711. When he was buying the candy, he said something like "be glad that I love you so much" when the lady told him the price. I couldn't really hear exactly what he said because he was mumbling, but it was something like that and it didn't sound accusatory or anything.
When he arrived at my house to drop me off, instead of driving off the second I leave the car like he usually does, he got out and came over to me. He pulled me into a hug and kissed the side of my neck. We said goodbye and he said that he'd see me soon. Then, he actually waited for me to get to the door before driving off.
I'm just curious as to what this means, because this is a drastic change since the last time I saw him [which was two months ago]. He has a girlfriend he is very happy with, by the way. Also, he knew I was grieving the loss of this young girl in my summer program [read my blog]. Maybe that's why he came on such short notice?