Email Symbiosis

This will be my ninth holiday season with my PH. It’s a bit wild to realize that. Back then, I never thought we would last. I never intended for us to, frankly. I had just finished university and was contemplating world domination, or running off to work on a cruise ship, or teaching English in Thailand. The world was supposed to be at my feet. That’s what I told myself at the time. I was free of responsibilities! It was time to buy a Eurail pass and find adventure. Somehow, I ended up sticking around, hanging out with friends and working out my quarter-century crisis by hauling banquet tables. Call it cowardice or laziness or – gag me – love, yet I didn’t leave. Thus, almost ten years later, after numerous life changes for the both of us, my PH and I are still together.

Huh.

As gobsmacking as this would have been to my twenty-two-year-old self, I have no regrets. Sure, I still haven’t been to Thailand, but  I get to live with my best friend and receive emails like this:

From: ***************
Subject: coming clean
To: “Kristine Tonks”

Just in case you hear any rumours, I thought I should tell you first.

I currently have a female in my office.

She is about 110 pounds, beautiful hair, affectionate and, well, naked.

 I love bernese mountain dogs. :-)

From: Kristine Tonks
Subject: coming clean
To: ******

Awwwww! No fair! Who does she belong to?

It’s okay if you leave me for a Berner. I would understand. ;-)

From: ***************
Date: Fri, Dec 13, 2013 at 12:38 PM
Subject: coming clean
To: “Kristine Tonks”

LOL.

It is my co-worker’s nephew’s dog. He couldn’t leave her home today so he had to bring her in. He left shortly after and has been gone all day. Sora is mine now, regardless of what my co-worker thinks.

From: Kristine Tonks
Subject: coming clean
To: ******

So jealous. I want a puppy in my office.

From: ***************
Subject: coming clean
To: “Kristine Tonks”

Damn I shouldn’t have said anything, he just came to get the dog.

Sigh.

From: Kristine Tonks
Subject: coming clean
To: ******

Why? Doesn’t he know true love when he sees it? So cold.

Did you get pictures to remember her by?

From: ***************
Subject: coming clean
To: “Kristine Tonks”

Sadly no.

I thought I had more time, I guess you never know…….

From: Kristine Tonks
Subject: coming clean
To: ******

Star-crossed lovers. A truly tragic tale. I hope you see her again one day.

We’ve grown together, my PH and I. I will never be a believer in love at first sight or any of that artificial hyper-romantic humbug. At the same time, it is hard not to wonder if some relationships are just meant to be.

9 thoughts on “Email Symbiosis

  1. It’s brilliant when you find someone you click with! I’m not sure what I believe in any more in relation to love. I know that if I was writing a love story it would be exactly how OH and I got together – stupid silly things just fell together to make it right. Like the first ever gift he got me was the dvd of my favourite musical – he didn’t know it was my favourite and we were only just ‘seeing each other’ when he bought it so he couldn’t have asked anyone. Our first weekend trip away was to see said favourite musical in the west end…

    However, I am moving on and currently am just content with becoming the aunt of all my friends childrens (which they are yet to have) while I become the crazy dog lady (Cat’s don’t like me so I can’t be the crazy old lady with cats!)

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  2. Cute! My hubs is also dog-crazy. I keep him chained to me by telling him if he ever leaves me, he must realize that that means leaving the dog too. So, I know he’ll stay put. Now just have to keep the dog alive…

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