You’re at a mall, window shopping, when someone calls out your name.
“Hi! Vivienne! Long time! How have you been?” You study her for a few seconds, and then the realization hits – that’s your old schoolmate! More specifically, your friend's sister's friend. When was that…in middle school? And it’s been almost a decade since. After the initial how are you’s and what are you doing now’s, you stand around awkwardly smiling at each other.
You: “Err…have you been keeping in touch with anyone from school?”
Friend: “Of course! I talk to most of my school friends regularly.”
You: “Oh, wow. Through Facebook?”
Friend: “Not just, but that too. I sent you a friend request quite long ago, if I remember right.”
You: “Oh, mmm…yeah, you did…so that was you. I, er… wasn’t sure if that was really you…so…”
Friend: “You didn’t accept it??”
You: “Eeep…I’ll add you today!”
Then there are the awkward bye’s and I’ll keep in touch’s. And then you’re left feeling like an idiot. The idiot who doesn’t want to be “friends” with her fleeting acquaintances. Who acknowledged she actually rejected (gasp!) the friend request. Who therefore comes across as stuck-up. And, of course, who now will have to swallow her pride (and moreover, the humiliation) and “befriend” the other.
Am I the only one who doesn’t add every single person who I’ve crossed paths with on my personal Facebook page?
And running into someone who you’ve rejected, or even deleted, on Facebook?
Today's prompt: Things that make you uncomfortable