Here’s a terrible business idea-feel free to take it. A service, wait, let’s call it an e-service to hip it up, that notifies people the moment you decide that they are no longer your friend and are now in your enemy list. You can call it ‘E-Nemesis’. Which is close to ’emesis’, the formal title for vomiting, so that will either help or hurt your business case. Not sure which.
Why am I talking about this? Well, I’m wondering if I have reached enemy status with a few people in my life now. It’s not a tragedy, because for the most part I don’t like these people anyway. My increasing inability to put up with other people’s nonsense or keep my trap shut probably makes enemy-making an inevitability. It would be nice to know ahead of time if I was in a state of war with someone, before we end up at the same birthday party or car wash and things get weird.
It’s a strange time in my social life, overall. The casual friends I accumulated during high school and the wasteful years that followed it are no longer people I have a lot in common with. And, it feels like we’re just coming out of the isolation phase of parenthood, when the lad took up so much of my mind and focus that I just couldn’t imagine socializing or accomplishing anything non-child-related. I wonder what kind of social group I will fashion for myself from this point on. Truthfully, I am not someone who needs hordes of friends or a continual parade of social activities, but talking to adults is pretty high on the ‘do not label as crazy’ checklist.