We have not known eachother for a long time per se, but our entire lives both of our families have been visiting the same vacation spot every year for more than 40 years, so for one week of the year we get to hang out. I never talked to her at all until 2 years ago we sat around a few campfires together, she took note of how I was the only one there who cared about the recent loss of a furry friend, among other casual conversation. Last year we talked a lot more, we stayed up way into the night just talking and smoking, and one particular night I remember catching her staring at me a few times and the stare held every time. I got her number and we began to hang out quite regularly. (At least twice a week since august, we live only minutes from eachother) since then she has opened up to me and confided in me a little bit. she talks to me about all the things she needs help with in life and I try to help. I have done the same, I have confided her and she is one of my most trusted friends and she helps me out a lot, as much as she can. Ever since, our hugs have been getting progressively longer with each visit, a little more intimate it seems every time. She talks about how she wants someone to love her and care about her for who she is and who she has become, but all the boys that do live too far aeay now or just arent there, but she has told me that i have that genuine sense of caring and non judgement she wants in a person, shes told me I am one of the best amd closest people in her life,up there with her close knit support group of family and friends and even her own daughter, and that my existance means the world to her. we have even exchanged a few friendly but meaningful 'i love yous' Both of us know that she does tend to get a little bit flirtier after a few drinks but that aside, whenever were sitting on the couch it seems that if we're not close to each other, eventually well find our knees or something touching, and sometimes she playfully grabs my arm and touches me. Last time we hung out there was more of her touching my armand whatnot, and I went to show her something on my phone when she's sitting next to me and she nuzzles her head under mine and rests her head on my shoulder for a moment. Later that night she told me that she's the type of person you have to look In the face and express your feelings for her or she won't get it. We are both very awkward people in almost the exact way, can't take hints and we get too noodly and flustered and scared. Were both socially awkward penguins when it comes to relationships basically. I fucking love this girl, she's been so good to me and has so many qualities that I would want in a woman and a friend in general but I feel scared to do anything about it. She has been hardcore fucked over by men in the past and relationships so I think that part of her is damaged a bit and needs some healing. She says she misses just having someone to snuggle up against and talk to and that all the other guys she meets are just creepy and try to take advantage of her. I don't just wanna barge in and tell her this and ruin a friendship I care so deeply about. She is a complex person with complex emotions and feelings, understandably, and I just want to tread lightly. She means too much to me, romantic relationship or not.
Tldr; 22f gives off signs of liking me, 18me too dumb to know/seeking an opinion.
Please be realistic: A 22 year old woman with a child is looking for a husband, with a career, to take care of her and her child. She has made poor choices in the past.
She is flirting with you and confiding in you, pushing the friendship into an area that seems confusing to you. Not sure of what she wants.
Please tread carefully here.