On Friday November 11th, Lifetime television will have a Golden Girls marathon starting at noon EST.
Over a year and a half ago a friend of mine, let's call him Stanley forwarded a politically incorrect e-mail. As it offended me, I told him so and asked him not to send me e-mails like that anymore. He responded that he understood and agreed not to send me such e-mails. So I thought that was the end of the story as the entire thing was between me and Stanley.
Until Stanley's wife, let's call her Dorothy started acting strange toward me. She stopped returning my phone calls and e-mails and when there was a group of us together she'd manage to play up the silent treatment when I was around.
I start questioning what her problem is and what she had against me, claims that nothing is wrong and lets it play on for several months. Meanwhile another friend let's call her Rose also acknowledges that clearly Dorothy is angry at me. After several attempts to contact Dorothy, I fired off an e-mail asking her what her problem was.
She e-mailed me back saying that she didn't like my "tone" in my e-mail response to Stanley's politically incorrect e-mail and that was the explanation for her behavior toward me for months and that she was expecting an apology.
I responded that the e-mail was between me and Stanley and I was over it after I asked him not to forward crap like that to me, it never involved her whatsoever! I even started off that e-mail as "I say this in friendship...."
Then she responded with a rather flip "Well, then I leave this in your hands to contact me regarding our friendship." She demanded an apology from me and then doesn't offer one up when it's clear that there was no reason for her to be mad and nothing to excuse her behavior toward me, especially after ten years of friendship. She was so quick to cast me aside as a friend, why should I bother trying to be hers!
Fast forward over a year and a half to Monday night when my caller id reads a phone call from Dorothy and Stanley's house, I of course refuse to pick up the phone. Rose left a message on my answering machine and I can hear Dorothy in the background. Rose called again ten minutes later and I again let the machine pick it up.
Yesterday, I talked to Rose who mentions that her and Dorothy called me yesterday to let me know that Dorothy is pregnant. She said that the night before while they were trying to call me Dorothy said "Blanche (that would be me) won't pick up the phone, she hates me!"
Rose asks me if I hate Dorothy which I don't of course but she isn't exactly my friend either. Rose then mentions "It's because of Stanley right, because he's an ass?" And I said "Oh no, this all falls on Dorothy."
Rose mentions that everyone is getting together on Friday and asked if I'd go. I tell her straight out that I'd feel incredibly uncomfortable going and would rather not.
Rose asks if I think things will ever be the same between me and Dorothy and I mention that things will never be the same which of course makes Rose sad. Rose asked if everything could be resolved if Dorothy were to call you an apologize. It's not that simple as I'm still angry about the whole thing and it angers me even more that everyone is trying to dismiss my feelings about it.
No, I don't want to get together with everyone on Friday and pretend that everything has blown over and is now okay! It's still not okay with me! I'd rather stay home and watch the Golden Girls Marathon, thank you very much!
Dorothy: "Hi, Blanche."
Blanche: "Eat dirt and die, trash!"