Sincerely Rahim (Episode 206)

*SPOILER ALERT*

Mia decides to take things slow in new relationship

After taking some time to get over her relationship with Victor (and briefly dating a snobby college guy), Mia is now officially in a relationship with Andrew. This was a long time coming because Mia and Andrew have some history, but they’d never actually tried being in a serious relationship until now. That being said, Mia is having some trouble navigating it because the people she is close to in her life have a track record of leaving her, and this has caused some understandable fear of being abandoned. 

Mia wants to take things slow with Andrew as a way of making sure this relationship is real, and that he plans on sticking around. This most likely has to do with her mom leaving both her and her dad when Mia was younger and not staying in touch. Now that she’s older, she understands that her mom wasn’t living the life she wanted, but knowing that doesn’t make being abandoned by a parent any easier to cope with. 

There’s also the issue of having a rocky relationship with her dad, who is very career oriented and doesn’t always take Mia’s feelings into consideration when making big life-changing plans. This is definitely seen when he gets offered a job at Stanford, which would involve moving Mia across the country and away from both her friends and Andrew. It’s understandable why Mia feels like she needs to be on guard and that it takes a while for her to fully trust someone. 

Mia’s relationship with Victor didn’t exactly end up how she hoped it would, and she initially felt abandoned by him, though they did finally talk and remain good friends. When she starts dating Andrew it’s totally understandable that she would want to wait and see how things progress in the relationship before making any long-term commitments. Bringing Andrew as her date to her dad’s wedding gives her some false hope, because she doesn’t want to get too attached just yet. But Andrew does come along, and he makes it as clear as he can that he doesn’t plan on going anywhere because he genuinely has feelings for her. Hopefully he ends up being the one person who doesn’t abandon her. 

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