I want to know if this happens to anyone else.
Sometimes I’ll send a message to a friend on Facebook regarding plans for a catch up or something. Well, actually it’s usually regarding plans we’d planned to plan, but hadn’t actually planned anything except planning to message each other about planning to arrange plans.
It’ll be something like:
“Hiya. So what’s the plan for tomorrow then? I was thinking we could head into town around 11am, and then go for lunch around 12:30 at Pizza Hut afterwards. What do you think?”
I don’t use ‘textspeak’ BCOZ I H8 IT WEN PPL TXT IT 2 ME TBH. FYI. LOL.
So I send it and wait to a) make sure it sends and b) see if they’ve read it.
Soon enough this icon pops up…
…to show they’re typing a response.
Great; not only have they read it, they’re replying.
Then it disappears.
Eh? Where did they go? Did they decide not to reply after all?
It pops up again.
Aha! Maybe they got interrupted for a second. It happens.
The icon sits there for a bit before it disappears again.
Maybe they don’t like my suggestion for tomorrow and are thinking about what they would prefer to do instead. That’s fine with me, I’m pretty easy going; I’ll go with the flow.
It’s back again. They’ve thought about it and now they’re typing their counterproposal for tomorrow’s plans. I’m sure whatever they suggest will be absolutely….
….oh wait, the icon has disappeared again.
Did they change their mind? Are they now worried that I might be offended if they don’t go with my suggestion?
They don’t need to feel that way. I’m happy with whatever we decide to do. It’s really all about us catching up anyway, so we can do whatever they want.
Or maybe they just stopped to think about how they wanted to compose their message and now they’ve found the words.
Sentence structure is important in a sentence that you’re typing on a text that you really want the structure to be right in.
The icon disappears again.
Seriously? What’s going on over there?
Maybe they’re driving. Yes, that must be it; they’re driving.
This time the icon is gone for a longer period of time.
Maybe they’ve given up.
Maybe they want to cancel meeting up tomorrow but can’t bring themselves to tell me so have instead chosen to ignore the whole conversation and come back to it later.
Oh wait! Never mind; it’s back.
This time it’s around for a lot longer.
Maybe they’ve found the words to let me down gently for tomorrow, which sucks. I was really looking forward to it.
Maybe they’re looking forward to it just as much as me and they’re putting together a string of ideas and suggestions for tomorrow that will blow my mind.
There are so many possibilities out there and, now I think about it, my plans were pretty normal and boring. I can understand why they’ve taken the time to really consider how best to utilise the time we have together so we can both have a fulfilling and enjoyable time.
It’s nothing short of embarrassing to think about the message I’d sent. I wish I could somehow take it back, but it’s out there now and there’s nothing I can do about it. My friend is basing their whole elaborate and comprehensive reply on my recommendation for ‘a bit of a wander around the shops followed by a pizza’, but as I said earlier it was never about WHAT we do, but rather about us catching up.
So, actually; who the fuck do they think they are? Who are they to suggest something else as if they’re so bloody special? What’s wrong with some shops and a pizza? Hmm? Are they too good for that? Are they too good for me!? Maybe they’re not the friend I thought they were! Maybe is should be ME cancelling on THEM!!