All my friends are dating

"Fantastic, I'd have never joined up to online dating if it wasn't for a friend of mine who set me up on your site. I've never been a fan of writing about myself or trying to 'big' myself up...... " "I met a total hunk on MSF, very true to his profile and one of the most gentlemanly men I have ever met!

I entertain my coupled pals with tales of my Tinder dates, freely flirt with bartenders to get faster drinks for the group, and confidently show up to parties solo all the time. But there are moments when it totally sucks: Like this past New Year’s eve, when I was at a party with all the twosomes and the clock struck midnight.

It’s like I’m being protected by a wall of twosomes.

When I’m out with another single straight woman, I feel like it’s obvious that we’re on our own.

Karen and Ben* had moved in together a few months before, and it was the first time I was seeing their new place — their tiny indoor herb garden, the giant television cabinet they’d built together, the shared bedroom closet overflowing with suit jackets and frilly dresses.

True, they’d been together since college, but back then it all seemed like playing house, not the same kind of relationship that my mother and father or other “real” adults had.

Everything seemed more manageable with corrections. When it came time for Allison* to vent, the responses were different. She might as well have been sending a postcard from a foreign land.

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