Wednesday, March 12, 2008

The Dear John Cell Phone Call from the Very Public Parking Lot and Produce Section of the Big Name Store


Click click click – her staccato high-heeled boots are gaining on me in the parking lot on the way into the super-store-with-the-big-red-logo and now I can hear every word she is saying and I am pretty sure this is not how you are supposed to do this kind of thing: “I really think this is the best thing for me. Well, I have been trying to break free for a long time now and just didn’t know how to do it (Me: Well, I think you STILL might not have found the answer to that if you think this call is the right way) and well, I just don’t think this relationship is right for me right now. I still like you and everything and I would like it (Oh, don’t say it – don’t say you still want to be 'friends' – really – doesn’t everyone say that?) if we could still be friends and well, it may be selfish of me to say that (How about selfish of you to not even take 5 minutes to have this call in private?) but I really would like to still be friends with you (So you can ask the poor thing to do you favors while he hopes to impress you enough to get you back? Like he won’t see through that.) Well, yeah, I know this might seem kind of sudden to you but I have been thinking about it for a long time (Like all the time it took to drive around for a good parking spot?) and I really think this is just not working out for me. Well, yeah, I have to go now. (And figure out what salad ingredients to buy now that we are in the COLD food section.) Okay, well, take care of yourself.” (Leaving me wondering: Did she call him at WORK with that little bit of carelessly delivered bit of information? Let’s hope he is not, say, driving heavy machinery or operating an assembly line or you know, with patients or students or clients or something. What was she thinking? Well, not much, obviously.) Was this conversation as sad and irresponsible as I think it was? Or is it just me? Is it really okay to break up via cell phone? While walking from the parking lot to the store and thru the produce section? Or is a relationship, even the end of one, worth a bit more time and personal attention than that?

3 comments:

Paddle said...
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Paddle said...

You're so old fashioned...

Oh, by the way, I've been thinking...

Gene Redlin said...

WOW

You are not old fashioned.

I know Paddle meant it as a joke.

How about giving a rip about the guy you have been allowing to give his heart to you.

That wound won't heal for a long time.

Well written.