A Facebook Conversation

This is the almost verbatim Facebook conversation between my mom (Mrs. G.) and a friend of mine (Lily*) after my friend posted that she was in a relationship.

For some reason, this conversation really upset me, and I’m not the type of person who gets worked up easily about these types of things. It was more than just embarrassment. Sure, it’s embarrassing for your mother to publicly seek a boyfriend for you, but it was more than that.

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A Breakup Email

I met Andrew* while playing tennis. We started spending a lot of time together, going for bike rides, out for dinner and watching movies. It was nice to have a default person to spend time with.

It was obvious that he wanted a girlfriend, which should have seemed great for me, the chronically single, but I found that I rarely initiated conversations with him, waiting for him to contact me and delaying responding to his text messages.

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