“Oh I do blather on, don’t I?”
I asked this of my dear friend Scotty the other night.
You see, I was online, on a dating site, and I messaged a guy. A cute, intelligent, interesting guy…and what I wrote to him was gorgeous, and well-worded, and simply the most beautiful piece of prose put into a letter of introduction ANYTIME in the last 25 years! And….it was too much! Way! Too!! Much!!! So this poor guy who I had obviously terrified wrote me back this terse yet somehow compassionate little 2 sentence reply where he thanked me for my “comprehensive and heartfelt” response. (groan) He then went on to say he was sorry I had put so much work into it, because at this time he chose not to continue our “encounter”! Oh my, I could almost hear the bells of “stalker alert” pealing in this poor guys head! “Nutcake!” “fruitcake!” “Run away, run away FAST!!!” I mean, this guy didn’t know me, didn’t know that I am as sane as they come, wasn’t like my friend Scotty who so delightfully says “I love your’ blathering!” This guy was a total, and unprepared, STRANGER! Oh dear me! How….mortifying! Well, at first I was mortified, but but with my acute sense of irony and humor, that lasted a scant few minutes…and I of course mollified the mortification with a quick note of my own saying “No need to be sorry, I’m a talker. Good luck to you. Bye” (I had a shrink tell me once that the person who says the last word wins….!)
Then I just had to laugh,as I thought
“Oh I do blather on,don’t I?”
As the embarrassment faded, I “jumped back on the horse” and got back to writing shorter, much, much, much-much SHORTER letters…no, NOTES(!) of introduction…in the hopes, of course, that eventually I’ll find a handsome, sweet, kind, intelligent, artistic, clever, and,(yes,Scotty,I must say it!) STRAIGHT guy who loves my blathering!
Oh,and I have to add: it was the second time in less than a week that a man had responded to something I’d written to him using the word “heartfelt”!