a love affair

She was new to town, and lonely.

Alone in the apartment, she found attractive strangers, willing to talk, willing to listen.

There might have been some dancing around “real” identities but in the long run, no one involved cared much about actual names or addresses or employment. They were just all there together, looking for some kind of connection.

There were long conversations, there were short notes; there were shared stories; there were exchanges of information; there was laughter; there were sighs of recognition.

The relationships nurtured her, gave her companionship during those lonely times, until… she found herself stalking the source, waiting for Something To Happen.

She noticed that she couldn’t do anything without checking to see if there’d been a note, a word, a nod in her direction.  She felt jittery when she didn’t know for sure about the next encounter; she became compulsive, double- and triple-checking to make sure that all her systems were “go.”

The relationship had taken over.

She knew it had to end when she found herself paying more attention to the words coming her way than to her son’s music recital. She thought about a twelve-step program but then decide that was too dramatic. With the love and support of her family, she’s taking action, reclaiming her life:

she’s breaking up with twitter.



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9 Responses to a love affair

  1. Halala Mama June 24, 2012 at 5:39 pm #

    Good for you! I never have understood Twitter…to me it’s like a bunch of people screaming in a crowded room. But Facebook, my love, …. that I get.

    • Deborah Quinn June 25, 2012 at 9:20 pm #

      i love the immediacy of twitter & the weird challenge of the form. seriously. it’s like haiku. sort of. perhaps that’s overstating it a tad, but i kind of love the speed of it…not sure how long I can cold turkey the little bluebird of happiness…

  2. Alexandra June 27, 2012 at 2:43 am #

    NO NO NO


    You must stay on. YOU are my favorite audience!!

    Cue ugly lucy cry.

  3. Alexandra June 27, 2012 at 2:44 am #


  4. Alexandra June 27, 2012 at 2:44 am #

    You can’t!!

  5. Alexandra June 27, 2012 at 2:45 am #

    Your commenting system tells me I’m posting comments too quickly but who cares.

    TWITTER: it sharpens your wit and makes it efficient and crackle with minimalism.


    • Deborah Quinn June 27, 2012 at 9:16 am #

      ah…yes, yes, it’s true, it’s the godfather thing (godtwitter?) I’m sucked back in…I am, I am… I have to confess: I LOVE TWITTER. And my life is a better place because twitter is in it. SO THERE. Take THAT, mark zuckerberg!!


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