when i first joined facebook, there were three status choices: single, married, it’s complicated. i was separated from stephen and i picked single because it seemed the most sensible. i didn’t know you had an option to not have a status. and when more choices were offered, i didn’t know how to change my status. it was easier to just get divorced. . . .
when stephen joined facebook, it seemed the civilized thing to do to friend each other. but that didn’t work out at all. deeply uncivilized, we made an agreement:
stephen and i were married for over twenty years. he was married before to carole smith, who lives about six blocks away from my house. she’s my facebook friend. occasionally carole, her partner, elisabeth, elisabeth’s husband, grace (she of the fishnets), joseph, eastman and i will get together for holidays. i think it’s very important for joseph and eastman to have good relationships with stephen’s children — david and elisabeth — from the marriage to carole. a good enough relationship so that when i’m dead, they’ll have somebody to call to bail them out of the pokey.
next: a dinner party with three (!) facebook friends including a curious story of a facebook obsession.