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Get Updates: Subscribe to our email ask dating questions get answers to receive updates about the newest articles and features at Hello Grief. I wipe my slick palms against the thigh of my jeans, gnawing nervously on my thumb’s shredded hang nail. I slide my laptop over and pace.

I check the time on the wall clock. I check the time on my watch. I check the time on my phone. I am waiting for the proverbial poop to hit the fan.

I’ve just done something I never thought I’d do. In a world of social media and worldwide gossip, neighbours no longer need to walk three miles to gossip about the love life of the local widow. Or better yet, they sit in the comfort of their own home, surf the web, and hunt you through your status updates and Facebook photos you get tagged in. I’ve decided to put it all out there for everyone to see. Yes, that was us in the Dominican, frolicking on the beach.

Yes, he asked me to marry him. While I’d like to believe the best in everyone, that they are merely looking out for me, I am not so naive. I do know, however, that the gossips will gossip and that while I am a grown woman who answers only to me, it is sometimes less work to be blunt. I will now attempt to answer all those taboo questions with as much honesty as I can muster. What’s it like to date again after you are widowed? Like many widows out there, I was out of the dating game for a long, long time. And, to be frank, I had zero interest in ever being in it again.