Out of the blue he texts on Thursday and says, “I’m in town for a few days if you want to get together.”
Well that’s nice, but I was at work until 7 pm and had plans to make an 8 hour drive early the following morning… so no. No, I don’t have time to squeeze you into my schedule.
Just a few minutes ago he texts, “I’m selling/giving away my stuff. Would you like to take a look? There are stuff that you gave me that I don’t want to sell nor give away but I also can’t take… I’m thinking of giving them back.”
I don’t even know what to say to that. “Makes me feel good to know I wasted my time making things for you and my money.” Or maybe I could say, “Of course I want them back! I want to keep them so I can remember how much of a mistake I made by wasting my time pretending like you cared about me.”
I mean seriously… Why would you ask me that?
A couple months ago the head volleyball coach – the same one that said I couldn’t coach freshman anymore because her team was going somewhere and I wasn’t the person who could help them get there – she comes up to me and asks, “Do you still have that coaches shirt we bought last year? Can I buy it back from you? I want to give it to my new coach. I’ll give you your $10 back.”
WHAT? Woman, are you for real? Who asks that? Who does that?
Then last year, when this guy I used to date but hadn’t hung out with in a while said, “I have something for you. You wanna hang out?” He brought me a letter I had written to him 5 or 6 years prior. Who returns something like that? Who gives such things back?
UN-BE-LIEVE-ABLE! What am I supposed to feel or do in these situations? They make me feel so awkward, un-liked, and disrespected. Are these kinds of things socially customary? Am I the weird one for feeling offended by them? Is there some common, social response I’m supposed to give that I don’t know about?