Just a few months in the past, after college drop-off, I used to be strolling to seize espresso with my buddies Andy and Izzy. It was a kind of excellent spring mornings — birds chirping, flowers blooming — after I instantly heard my identify: “Joanna Goddard.”
I appeared up, and there he was, standing on the sidewalk: the man I had dated for 5 years in my twenties. He reached out for a hug, and time slowed to a crawl as I took psychological inventory of my outfit (jacket, sweater, and sweatpants, blarg) and rearranged my face into what I imagined was a impartial expression (under).
My actual expression.
“How’s it going?” he requested, sadly wanting nice with windswept hair and a grey sweater. “Fairly good,” I replied and launched my buddies. Simply then, a person walked by with a fluffy canine, and I noticed my escape hatch: I leaned all the way down to pet the canine, smiled over my shoulder, and referred to as out, “Properly…so long!”
As we headed towards the café, Andy, Izzy and I resumed our earlier chat about children and TV reveals and books, and I mentally congratulated myself on being so poised and, dare I say, elegant throughout a probably awkward encounter.
I clearly hadn’t been.
Later within the day, whereas taking a piece break, I texted Andy and Izzy to allow them to in on my massive secret. Listed below are the texts that ensued:
Me: Guys, you understand how we bumped into that man on the nook
And we stated hello and I hugged him
That was my ex!
At the least I wasn’t in sweats with moist hair and no make-up
Oh proper I WAS!
Andy: I suspected that’s who it was!!
Izzy: I knew that was your ex!!!
He has ex written throughout him!
Me: Omg hahahaha what
Did you decide up on my trapped animal vibes
Izzy: 100% very a lot sure
Me: Why??? How???
Wow you guys didn’t miss a beat
Izzy: That interplay might solely imply one factor
Andy: For me it was his expression
And the best way he stated your first and final identify
Izzy: Sure tbh his expression learn as “We’ve undoubtedly had intercourse earlier than”
Oops, haha, I hadn’t fooled anybody. As my buddy Lina says, “Individuals are extra clear than they suppose.”
What about you? The place have you ever ran into exes? Please inform me you have been smoother than I used to be.
P.S. 10 reader feedback on breakups, and seeing my physique with contemporary eyes.