We (the Husband and I) were in a kind of social/relationship building group and we were out in town doing like a field trip kinda thing. We each had to create an imaginary person to use to discuss each other (for some reason). Mine’s name was Olivia.
So, one lady and I were chatting and seemed to get along well (she resembled an acquaintance I have here on base, another Ombudsman named Emma) and she mentioned getting together outside the group, maybe on Sunday. I thought for a moment to think if we had any plans on Sunday and turned to the Husband, asking him if we were free and he nodded. So I said Yes sure, would like that.
Next we were talking with the woman who ran the group and “Emma-like-person” told her that we were getting together Sunday. She responded by starting to rip me to shreds saying Olivia (I) was going to fail at the friendship. I said what? Why would you say that?? (my hackles raised) She said she was watching our interaction and since I paused after “Emma-like-person” put the invitation out there, that Olivia was not going to be a good friend. I could not believe what I was hearing! Olivia is a very nice person and a good friend to have! (creating Olivia made me speak in 3rd person) A couple of people jumped in to Olivia’s defense saying they thought I’d be fine and was a lovely person and Olivia would make a very good friend.
While this was going on I had started window shopping behind the lady/group leader, checking out the ornate bar stools, we could use a couple.
Then I woke up.
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