Stanley, whose dad and stepmom work for what have been deemed essential businesses, was horrified when she found out.
Before the pandemic, Stanley said, these were the girls she did Secret Santa with at Christmastime. In normal times, a rift like the one Stanley described might be easy to repair.
The knowledge that your time together might be ending is a powerful incentive to move past disagreements. To some extent, that can also happen in friendships.
So has Rick, 42, who recently found himself wondering whether he and a classmate from college had reached the end of their friendship. Rick and his friend, he told me, have known for a long time that they occupy different spots on the ideological spectrum; Rick tends to lean progressive, while his friend has a libertarian bent.
In the past, despite the occasional flare-up over politics, they still managed to connect over pop culture and college memories. But in late March, Rick saw that his friend had said in a Facebook post that social distancing should be a matter of individual choice rather than a mandatory measure.
Rick responded, and several tense exchanges ensued. I've thought about our date a lot and I think we'd be better off as friends for [insert reason here].
Thank you for following up on the date! I had a lot of fun, but I'm not interested in continuing our relationship in the romantic sense [because XYZ reasons].
I hope you understand! Do you still want to be friends?
Susan Edelmana psychiatrist, ly told Elite Daily, "We all know rejection is part of the game, but self-esteem and confidence shouldn't take a hard hit when you turn someone down. But you can be honest — especially if there's a specific reason your date lacked chemistry or compatibility that you picked up on.
You don't have to give the other person an explanation, and you absolutely don't have to make up a nice trait about the other person if you're not feeling it. That being said, if there is something you like about them that makes you still want to be their friend?
It frien hurt to put that in your text. That being said, I just didn't feel any romantic chemistry between us, so I think we're better off as friends.
Are you open to that? It can also remind them that there's nothing wrong with them, but you two are just not romantically compatible.
The biggest thing to keep in mind when crafting this text is say what you'd want to hear if you were on the receiving end of it.