About a year ago, Frank came into Susan’s life. We will call him Paul for obvious reasons. If any reader doesn’t understand this, he/she is even more intellectually challenged than is this blogger. We’ll also exercise artistic license with Paul’s communications to her.
Susan had a wonderful date with him. The next day, he sent her the following email:
September 2 2011
Dear Susan, I had an amazing date with you last night. Couldn’t have been better. But full disclosure here. Before I met you for dinner, I met another woman for lunch. Her name is Paula. She was everything I have ever wanted, and the feeling was mutual. I think it was love at first sight for both of us. Anyway, I will now be dating Paula exclusively. I thought you should know.
PS I still keep thinking about our date, and I want you to know that if it weren’t for Paula, you and I would be together now.
December 18 2011
Hi Susan, Just checking in. How is everything with you? Paula and I are still a couple, although I’m starting to feel like she might not be the love of my life, as I had suspected. I wanted you to know, just in case you are still available.
PS I’m not ready to break up with her yet, so if you are seeing someone, you should just continue for now.
March 10 2012
Dear Susan, I’m not sure what to say. Paula and I are having problems, although she isn’t aware of anything. I’ve met her son now and he is a great kid. But you have a son, also, so Paula doesn’t even have an edge in that department. Yours is a good kid, too, right? I remember your saying that. I’d love to meet him someday.
PS Tell your son I said hi.
August 1 2012 Hi Honey, Just returned from a trip to the mid west with Paula. To visit her son in St. Paul. We went swimming and kayaking in a crystal clear, clean spring fed lake in Wisconsin. Cool.
Tomorrow marks 11 months that we have been dating. She is way more into me than I am into her. I don’t see myself spending the rest of my life with her. Breaking up is hard to do. But I’ve got to set her free. The sooner the better, so she (and I) can move on. I’ll keep you posted.
PS The problems I am having with Paula (which she still doesn’t know about) haven’t changed my mind about the “love at first sight” thing. It’s just that I made a mistake with her. But I’m thinking that maybe it was you that I was having love at first sight with, but the meals were too close together and I got confused.
Susan is looking forward to further one-way communication with Paul. And, the world being as small as it is (unless one is lost and late for an appointment), she expects that any day now, she will meet a woman named Paula who will tell her all about her one true love who she met online. Susan will then ask her how her son is doing.