My once-best friend of five years and I first met online and a year later in person. I was 18, she was 22. We lived three hours apart.
I supported her through several relationship issues with various guys. She has insecurities, and is very jealous that her younger sister married and had children before her.
After breaking up with her last boyfriend, she moved alone into an apartment. I was glad she was taking time to figure out what she wanted.
However, two weeks later she was "swept off her feet."
I visited her for a weekend and urged her to take it slow this time as she’d previously sleep with guys early on and move in too soon.
She told me that the new guy doesn't work, and lives off disability due to a back injury.
He’s 12 years her senior, has two sons from his previous marriage, and was living alone in a rented room. Red flags, to me.
After a month of dating, she said he’s "The One."
During my weekend visit, he’d constantly text her, call her, and drag her attention away from me.
When we were having a girls’ night in her apartment, he texted that he was outside.
I was left in her apartment for almost two hours while she had sex in his truck in the parking lot.
I was angry. She later apologized and said it’d be different next visit.
But then, too, she was constantly on the phone with him and sneaking off to have sex.
When I finally met him, he said he’d “destroy me” in bed due to my small stature… in front her.
Our friendship became more distant after that as she was completely absorbed by him. He moved in and they bought a house together with HER money.
Now she works over 60 hours a week while he collects disability.
She’s also paying for lawyers to get his two children back.
I told her I didn't like him, nor how she’s treated me since she’s been with him.
I said I’d like a second chance to get to know him. But he blocked my profile on social media when she showed him my messages.
A year later, they were engaged according to Facebook. I congratulated her, but was told I wasn't invited because it was going to be a small “family” gathering.
I sent congratulations and other cards but she never asked about MY life.
When they married, I “liked” the photos to show my support, but was unsure if I should message her.
Now, two weeks after the wedding, she’s finally deleted me from her social media.
Should I have sent a card or send one now? Or is my friend gone for good?
She was desperate to marry and hasn’t been your good friend for years. “Best” friends deserve more caring and the respect of mutual interest in each other’s lives.
Your much-longer letter mentioned mostly texts between you, most seeming all about her.
Despite the prevalence of text and social media, being truly connected means giving time to a friend, asking questions, sharing confidences and fun… even if there’s a boyfriend waiting.
Her marriage may or may not last. What’s certain is that, unless she gains a stronger self-image, she’ll repeat the same pattern with a next guy.
She may one day need you again, but unfortunately it’s unlikely to ever be an equal friendship.
It’s not her way.
I'm at a loss as to what to say to a lovely lady who has had several rounds of chemo, and finally, she was given a verdict that her lung cancer is incurable.
She has six months to one year left to live.
I see her several times a week. She puts on a smile. She takes care of herself, looks beautiful and healthy.
I'm terrified of saying something inappropriate to her, so I avoid conversation.
Need Some Guidance
You already have the right approach in you by your concern.
But, trust me, so long as she’s able and willing to see people, she wants you to make conversation, not stay silent or grieve before time.
Talk of the good times in her life, including any that you shared with her, and of the pride for her and any humour involved in those memories.
Be open about your feelings for her. That’s why you’re there.
Tip of the day:
Don’t mistake a mostly-text relationship for a close friendship if there’s only one-way needs and self-interest.