Darn it!

You know when you meet a new person – let’s call her Tall Bookshop Lady – and you think “Oh, they’re jolly nice”?   And then, maybe a little while later you think “I bet Quiet Editor Guy would get along very well with this nice new person Tall Bookshop Lady.  And he’s single.  And so is she.  And they live in the same area.  They’re practically neighbours.  Its FATE.  I must effect an introduction immediately!”  And so you do.  Cackling quietly to yourself but maintaining a facade of subtlety for appearances sake.  The Day of Destiny arrives.  Quiet Editor Guy has his hair cut especially, and all three of you meet for coffee and tapa in a local Spanish place.  The sun is shining, there’s a free table outside under a tree, the cafe even has goats milk… All seems right.  “Kismet”, you think as you polish your karma.  Then Tall Bookshop Lady is actually rather strident and over-bearing and you wish you’d just bought the darn book and then left the shop without befriending her because now you cant get away and you’ve dragged Quiet Editor Guy into her orbit and she may, in fact, turn out to be a Black Hole of Anti-Matter?  No?  Ah.  Must just be me then… 

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12 Responses to Darn it!

  1. piereth says:

    Yes, Yes YESS!!!!

    TBL was probably really nervous and overplayed her hand, but there’s a well-documented paranoia that creeps in when the new friend you’re fairly sure of makes you not at ALL sure of them by doing something which seems out of character.

    QEG can look after himself. There is no harm in effecting introductions; if you get worried, just remember what happened to Emma Woodhouse.

  2. truce says:

    mmm, my very favourite of all Austen’s books is ‘Emma’. I wonder why…?! *Realises the similarities and looks around her desk for a lurking Mr Knightley*

  3. azahar says:

    I think it all started to go wrong when you mentioned drinking coffee with tapas. . .

  4. You did the correct thing because, it is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.

    Now it is up to the victims grown adults to make their own decisions 🙂

  5. Jenny says:

    HA HA! Sounds like she was nervous. Or maybe she did one of those things that women do sometimes … reject him before he can reject you.

  6. You did your best, and the thing is — it may actually turn out right in the end. He may like strident (nervous) women. Anyway, you had some lunch together. How can that be a bad thing? I’m with azahar though, perhaps there should have been something more soothing than coffee….

  7. OmbudsBen says:

    I’ve had a hand in 3 marriages, outside of my own. In 1 an old friend from high school had his eye on a classmate of mine. She and I had worked on the school paper together. They’d known each other but hadn’t seen each other for a while — and I was back “home”, visiting Minnesota. He had me invite her to join us and a couple hours later, outside one summer night, I realized he was kissing her. A year or so later I called him and she answered the phone. They’re still married.

    Another marriage happened when I was visiting baseball parks and traveling from Chicago with a pal up to Milwaukee. Two cirles of friends collided; we swapped car passengers and she grilled me on him — they now have 2 sons.

    There’s more to that story, and the next, but I’m in someone else’s comments here and the last story is too long. Maybe I’ll blog about it — but the thing is, what I find is it’s best to tell those involved as little as possible. People tense up, or feel on the spot. Just ask them out. We all have the little light bulb that will turn on, if the attraction is genuine.

    Good for you, Trucie, for at least making the introduction. By the way, I have a friend I’d like you to mee- err, would you like to join us for a beer sometime?

  8. truce says:

    Az – you could be right!…

    Archie – you’re definitely right (and so was Jane)!

    Jenny – I’m convinced you’re right!

    hmh – that sounds about right!

    Ombudsben – I’ll be right over!

  9. piereth says:

    Happy Birthday my love!! xxxxx

  10. Jenny says:

    Happy Birthday Truce! Have a great weekend!

  11. azahar says:

    A leap year birthday???

  12. As a quiet shy entity who entirely likes to let people sort things out like that for themselves…oh. Wait. That’s fantasy. Meddling is fun and sometimes such things do work out. It sure is lovely when they do.

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