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Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Feeling Raw Because of Facebook, Part 3: You've Got Mail

So, here is the Final Chapter in my "Feeling Raw Because of Facebook" series. Is it a series? Does three make a series? It's a trilogy, at least. Anyway, here, another guest post by ME so that I don't have to write anything new.

 

She "friended" me out of the blue. I had never expected her to have a Facebook account. Surprised, but delighted, I "confirmed" that she was indeed my friend. Curious, I opened her profile, and there next to "Relationship Status" it declared that she was married.

We had met in a chat room when we, and the internet, were all still teenagers. She went by the name "kittycat", a very enticing name for the adolescent I was; I was "Soltan", because I was reading L. Ron Hubbard's Mission: Earth series at the time and the hero's name, "Jet", was already taken on the network we were logged in to; so I was the villain.

Our conversations were innocent, and friendly, and flirtatious, and eventually not-so innocent. And we built a friendship with not only each other but with many of the other regulars in that particular chatroom, on that particular network, during those particular months.

Eventually we were an online "couple", sending each other private messages more often than not even when we were logged in to the public board. And we were online so often that the channel owner empowered us as channel operators (just enough power to go to our heads; we kicked a lot of people out of the room for being trolls). And there were other online couples that we could relate to: Bernie and Emma, separated by the breadth of Australia, were always online when we were (apparently our sleeping schedules were reversed).

Eventually we met in person, and it was electric. She came to me over a Spring Break and I fell in love. No. I was already in love. I was in love with her before I ever saw the picture that she eventually sent to me in the mail.

Her visit was brief. Only a few days in a March that I will never forget. When I said goodbye to her at the airport I didn't think I'd ever seen her again. How could I? The distance was too great, our lives were too fluid. She lived in a different country, and about as far away from me as possible without crossing an ocean.

Spring Break always reminds me of that incredible time we spent together. And seeing her on my "friends" list on Facebook just makes me smile.

12 years after we met I clicked on her profile, and there, next to "Relationship Status" it declared that she was married.

To me.

Emily on the Couch

44 comments:

Tami said...

Ohhhhhhhhh...You sure know the way to a woman's heart. That's just the cutest dang story told in the cutest dang way.

(sigh) If only my husband could write....he'd probably get action nonstop.

Amy Bennett said...

awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww, geezorama that was sweet.

Whirlwind said...

Okay, that's just really freaky, IMO.

MereCat said...

That is the cutest story EVAH! You are a sweetheart, and she's a lucky girl.

Bekah said...

AWWWWWWWWWW sheesh, you know how to drag out a story! (in a good way)

Jenni said...

That is too cute!

Whirlwind said...

Okay, not so freaky after all - apparently I missed something.

Really sweet - great story!

Xbox4NappyRash said...

Now I've a cavity.

Well done young man.

for a different kind of girl said...

I think you should rename this trilogy "Tales for the Ladies," because seriously? Awwww! :)

(I'm glad that, unlike George Lucas, you have the smarts to end things with a solid three)

Aunt Becky said...

Bwahahahahaha!

You're cute.

Trish said...

That's adorable!

orlund said...

Nice, it is like a giant hallmark card.

crunchiemummy said...

Awwwwwwwww! That is an adorable story!

Karen said...

Oh wow, my heart totally melted.

I'm a puddle of goo - watch the shoes. She's one lucky lady.

Write From Karen

Prefers Her Fantasy Life said...

That really was sweet. Does FADKOG know about this?

Andi said...

What a sweet story! I'm a sucker for The Romance...

Sugar said...

aaawwww... so so so so so so sweeet!

Must blow nose now. Scuze pleez...

ilana (Helen) Pengelly said...

Loved this story the first time around too.

Sammanthia said...

That is so "You've Got Mail" I love it. I met my husband at work, and seriously, how boring is that?

loudange said...

Thanks for being such a sweetie pie

anymommy said...

And the most adorable love story ever award goes to....Backpacking Dad! So sweet.

kittenpie said...

Aw, aren't you geeky kids cute...

catnip said...

Awwww. That was so sweet!

Jerri Ann said...

I'm looking for a hopeless romantic..but I want one that will just enter my husbands body and I won't have to go through the hassles of divorce and all that,lol...just kidding.

Always Home and Uncool said...

You have no shame, suck up.

Tracy said...

OMG! That was the best thing I've ever read. I got goosebumps. So good.

Anissa Mayhew said...

If you ever get tired of writing a blog, you could have a future in women's romance.

Or writing love letters for men too non-verbal to write their own.

bejewell said...

You are so tricky.

Love the post. And also, the pillow on the couch. Somewhere in your family there is a very proud cross-stitcher.

bigskygirl said...

sigh. best post ever. :)

Eternal Sunshine said...

Awwwww...

I did not see that coming.

Sweet story.

Elisa said...

I knew it. You look and sound like the cool dude, but deep down you are a big ol' softie :-) Which is just cool in my book, dude.

Auds at Barking Mad said...

Awwwwww that was so sweet it made my teeth hurt!

Claire said...

Your daughter is going to be GORGEOUS with the genes between the two of you. Makes me sick. And envious. :-)

Love the way you wove that story. Awesome delivery, young man.

Bianka said...

AWWWWWWWW!!! I smiled big at "To me." Awwwwwww!!!!!!!!!

Kei said...

Add another.."awwwwwwwwww" to the list.

Miss Grace said...

I think that was sweet. But you could have also told it in a way that was creepy. I'm glad you went with sweet.

Miss Grace said...

Of course you would have gone with sweet though, I don't know why you would have made it sound creepy. I was just thinking that you COULD have. I'm high on cold meds. Shut up.

Sarah, Goon Squad Sarah said...

I love this post.

Mr Lady said...

Well aren't you just a mushy little romantic? Awwwwww!

Also, there were chat rooms when you were a teenager? HOW OLD ARE YOU???

Backpacking Dad said...

I'm drowning in all the gushing folks :}

And if I was ever in any doubt about who my readers are, well, the overwhelmingly feminine response to this post (sorry Xbox and Kevin) would cement it: I don't write enough about steaks and cars and stuff like that :}

geminigirl64 said...

I def did not see that coming!!! Great post!

Zip n Tizzy said...

And having survived the long distance relationship, you know your on solid ground!

Leah said...

Now that is a great story! My DH and I met online as well...though in a different way.

kerry said...

Awwww, how sweet! Well done - I didn't see it coming. Cute.