Posted Monday, January 8th, 2007
Her friends had told her that it would be like starting a journey, all encompassing, obsessive even and that she might emerge discouraged and disgruntled. It was past midnight now and she was still at the computer, agonizing over the right word and the catchy phrase, all too aware that she had only one chance at making an impression. She cut the part about not golfing, pasted something about traveling, and then cut again. How do you capture your life, your person, in less than one hundred words? She read again the ads that had caught her attention. What was in them that made her want to respond? In the last two days she had spent most of her time hunched over the keyboard, peering at the monitor, checking her mailbox ten times a day. So many choices yet so little hope. She was unable to choose between all the women she was expected to be. “Down-to-earth with a sense of humour” or “affectionate with a good head on her shoulders”; “independent and not overweight”, “loving the good things in life, like darts, bowling and roaring fires”. Men whom she had never met who proclaimed not only to being “Mr. Right” but also hers forever. She thought of how she liked to camp in a field of wildflowers, burn candles when she cooked and stroke the soft skin over his hipbone. She wanted to ad that curry paste goes in her soups and lavender powder in her sheets; that she liked sipping chai tea while he played with her toes. She recalled a night train ride through the Turkish desert and a lazy float down the Urubamba River.
She scanned the rest of the page and clicked on Exit. She stood up, poured herself a glass of Merlot and took her novel to bed. All night long her monitor blinked.
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Posted by Margot Miller on Monday, January 8th, 2007 at 9:38 PM
Perfect picture of internet dating and the decision to be true to the self... in all of its dimensions.
Posted by kelly danielson [ email@example.com
] on Friday, January 12th, 2007 at 3:30 PM
i love this...it's so true!! it also makes me want to write what happens next....great short!!