FROM ALL MY FRIENDS ARE ENGAGED

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“Pretty soon the only people left without a boyfriend will be me and Wendell the school janitor, and she smells like Windex.”  ―    Cassandra Clare

 

Gosh, my palms are getting sweaty just thinking about this. Maybe that’s the reason I’m not engaged, I sweat too much or I talk about sweating too much or I  fear that when I go on a date and the poor lad goes in for a hug hello, I’ll soak through his fine pressed button-down shirt with a puddle of “I hope there’s not lipstick on my teeth” sweat that accumulated on my dash over here from the F train.

I whimsically believed, I really did, that when I graduated from college I knew exactly the in’s and out’s of how life was going to smack me in the face. I thought I could grasp the semi-precious reality of moving back in with my parents after living underneath a pile of my own stench in a never-cleaned, do-what-I-want, dorm room for four years. Or the vulgar process of trying to get a job, a real job, where people wear suits and demand 3 sugars in their espresso, that would pay enough bucks to afford my basic needs: electricity, jello, toilet paper–for crying out loud!

But never, not once, in my four years of pre-requiste classes did anyone sit me down and give me the birds and the bees kind of lecture that just a few minutes after my mommy framed my diploma, all my compadres would jump ship and get engaged.

That while I was off, lugging around a beat up brief case of strangled career dreams, hitchhiking across state lines, and getting my mug shot taken for overdue library fines, they’d be off doing the Argentine Tango with the person they dared to spend the rest of their lives with. The one that would still have the gory guts to make eye contact with them through morning breath, afternoon milk mustaches, and evening burps.

People who never even went on a date in college are suddenly stomping on glass, smooching L’Chaims, and saying”I do.”

Really?

In college, I hazily remember the only thing most of you would ever remotely commit to saying “I do” to was Jager bomb, after Jager Bomb, after, ah what’s the point, I’ll save the rest for your Bachelorette party toast.

I’m only jealous of your life, your conjugal state of mind, 76% of the time. Frankly, the only time it gives me the heebie jeebies is when Facebook decides to flash food your new engagement all over my Newsfeed, but i’ve learned to deal with my feelings, mostly through interpretive dancing.

I’d most like if people just stopped talking about me being single like they talk about damaged goods, or animals that are about to get neutered or something silly like gingivitis. After I’m done kvetching over my latest mind-boggling date where a guy made me shell out $50 for his meal, and mine, Instead of putting your draped with diamonds finger over the small of my back and saying something brilliantly pathetic like “There will be more fish in that cesspool of a sea”, offer to go to town with me on a pie of pizza or split one of those black and white cookies with me, that’s all I really need, someone to consume half of my “in the name of misery” calories.

So listen up, all you engaged folk:

I don’t want to be set up with the boy who sits across from you in your work cubicle that you watch picking his nose or the one who is “in the process” of breaking up with his long-term, long-distance, long-standing pain the neck girlfriend of 8 years. I’m going to say a wild NO WAY to the one who “Isn’t your type” and you wouldn’t date, but maybe, just oh maybe, I’d like him. I’ll pass.

Don’t tell me it’s time to maybe explore setting up an online profile,unless you’re talking about one on Myspace and if so, then I already have those Internet waves covered, thank you.

And don’t treat me like I’m a hurricane victim. I’m OKAY. I don’t need to come over for a home cooked meal, or to watch X Factor or for a slumber party where we can braid each others hair and read Teen Vogue. I do my thing, my own thing. I get Chinese food delivered on the reg, go out to bars in the Village and get grouped by “bros” smelling like Jose Cuervo in their cut off t’s. (Stop me when you’re too jealous of my single life, please).

I’m single, but there’s nothing wrong with me. [Okay, well maybe, a couple of things. Like I eat with my hands, cover up awkward silences by talking in hamster-spinning circles, engage in political debates on the first date, and wear knee socks, in the Summer]. But that’s it, I’ve told you all my flaws. Now I hope we can proceed with that calm feeling you posses after you rip off a band-aid off the hairiest part of your arm.

They say you meet people where you spend the most time and in that case, I think ill be fine. I spend 1/3 of my time on Twitter, 1/3 in my bed and the other 1/3 is distributed between gym, tan, and laundry.

Engage in my happiness for you, and spare me the pity, okay?

I’m very happy for all the people I know, or Facebook reminds me I know, who are getting married. It’s such an exquisite gem to meet your soul mate in this world. The person who will forever spend the rest of your days with you as your heart rises and falls likes your expanding waistline and you start to get the three c’s: cavities, cellulite and crust (and I’m not talking about pizza crust). As a single girl living in NYC, having guys spill drinks on my toes at bars or turn out to be circus freaks 5 minutes into a date, if you find a person who makes your heart beat like an Avicii song and who can whisk you away like the Chicago winds, I’m happy for you, I really am, from the bottom of my triathlon-running heart.

I just hope, I really do, all of you will remember me, and hopefully will still be physically able to do the Electric Slide with me, at my wedding, someday.

On a serious note, if you know anyone who knows anyone or have a boyfriend with a cousin whose dog walker met some guy on the missed connection part of Craiglists and wants to set them up, feel free to submit their information to my eager and persistent dating coach, my mother. She’ll weed through them for me, okay?

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I’m Jen Glantz. I’ve been a published writer for over 13 years, spilling my words into magazines (ranging from style to scuba diving), newspapers, websites and even this one time, a speech, for someone who didn’t speak a word of English. What drives my words, my site, my writing, is the power of relating to people. I find that many people, especially young girls, feel so alone and quite often they feel embarrassed. I want to shatter those feelings! I want them to read what I write and understand that it’s okay to be a little outside of the box, but most importantly, that it is okay to just be who they are.

5 Comments

  • Reply January 9, 2013

    SISKO

    Amen to that! Someday we’ll find people to appreciate our weirdness, but until then, we have to live it up, like we’ve been doing, and body roll through life!

  • Reply January 14, 2013

    Laura Bennet

    Very fun reading! Meeting your soul mate IS great, but enjoying yourself in your perfectly wonderful singleness makes the wait good, not unbearable. And the wait for the perfect one for you is well worth it! Guys who spill their drinks all over you without offering to buy you new shoes or dry clean your dress should be nixed off the list, just saying.

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  • Reply December 14, 2013

    Tiffany

    I truly like your site. It is a whole lot like mine as nicely. Amazing subject matter.

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