I have been friends with this guy for a long time. We went to middle & high school together, but lost touch after graduation. We got back in touch 4 years ago, we're now in our early 30's. We are best friends. I can talk about anything with him, and he with me. I'm the one he called when his dad passed away, and I went with him to the nursing home to help collect his things. We've been in a few fights, as best friends sometimes do, and always end up friends in the end. We've been on vacations together, shared hotel rooms, and always have a great time.
He's never been married, no long-term girlfriend ever, and no kids. I am divorced (have been for five years now) and have a daughter whom he loves - and she loves him, too. The three of us do a lot of things together.
He and I have never done anything intimate or sexual. I've hinted... and got no where. About 2 years ago, I flat out asked him if he was attracted to me that way and his answer was 'no." That made it awkard for me, so our friendship took a break for about a year. But we're back to being great friends and he said he missed me when stopped hanging out.
He moved to Texas almost a year ago for work and I miss him so much. We talk on the phone everyday and text constantly. He's coming home to see family over Christmas break. I'm the one picking him up from the airport, and when he came home before (over the summer), he spent most of his time with my daughter and me instead of his family.
I try to keep my feelings under control, but the truth is that I love him. We have SO much in common, laugh together, cry together and always have a great time. How do I get out of the friend zone?