It makes me sad mostly. Another single woman 30+ in my ward has tried to befriend me. But. I don't care for her friendship. I tried. I could tell she was lonely and in need of companionship, I knew what that was like. So, I felt duty-bound to accept her overtures as a comrade in arms. Some expensive debacles later, I realized that I couldn't afford her friendship. We have since maintained a fake friendship at church which makes me somewhat ill, but it's not worth having a conflict over. Now, however, she is treating me like her rival.
Last summer I met a nice Mormon man online and I asked him out because he was attractive, employed and local. He took me to a soccer game. I knew by the end of the night that I did not want to go out with him again. Meanwhile, I was still trying to be a real friend to the woman. When she asked about my weekend, I told her about the date. She nearly drooled at the mention of a man who took me to a soccer game. She went on and on about how much she loved soccer, that she used to play in college, blah blah.
The dude emailed me because he wanted to go out again. I felt bad because he was sweet and good. But, we had nothing in common except the church and I didn't find his company compelling. I asked the woman if she was interested in meeting him. She was very interested. So I set it up. They both agreed as long as I was there too. *Groan.* I organized the whole thing, considering it a duty of friendship.
She wanted to go to the mall. *Double groan.* She needed a ride, she always does. Fine. (I was also still wearing the splint having just had a metal plate surgically attached to my wrist and was still in pain but able to drive.) I was in the middle of my summer financial fiasco and had just enough from unemployment to pay my rent. My friend knew this, I had described my situation in detail so she'd know that I couldn't spend any money.
I had never been to this mall. When we got there she told me to park at a large retailer across the street to avoid the parking fee. She promised that everyone else who drove her to the mall ALWAYS parked there. It was perfectly safe. I didn't see the very small signs warning mall patrons not to park there. After the date, which seemed to go well enough, the gentleman walked us to the parking lot. We couldn't find my car! At first I thought it was stolen. I don't have comprehensive insurance so I started freaking out.
Then my friend said, "Maybe they towed your car?" "WHAT???? Why would they tow my car?" "Because the signs say you are not allowed to park here to go to the mall." But. You told me to park here. ARE YOU KIDDING ME???? I could not afford to get my car out of impound. I couldn't even afford to get home on the bus. We found the no parking signs and called the tow company. They confirmed they had my car. I started to cry.
I asked the gentleman if he could drive me home. He agreed, but then he asked me how much it cost. $190. He offered to take me to the lot and lend me the money to get my car. (!!!) He was the absolute definition of a gentleman. Sooo sweet. I promised him that I would get the money from my parents and pay him back right away. So we got my car. The woman. She said she was very sorry. That was all. She offered no help with the cost. She never offered to pay for any of it at all. Not one single red cent. I only parked there solely because of her. Nada. Nothing. Not even an apology for not helping me to pay.
Before we all parted, the two of them said they wanted to go out again, for thai food. The three of us. I said I couldn't afford it and they offered to pay for me. Fine. I didn't want to go but I owed the very, very nice man.
The next week, we went out. I could barely stand the sight of the woman because I was so angry. But I put on my best fakey-fake demeanor (which isn't very good.) The two of them ordered appetizers and juice and desserts. I thought they were paying, so I ordered along with them. Then the check came, $60 after tax and tip. I happened to have a $20 in my pocket because I was going to the ATM afterwards to deposit it because my account was $20 short of the rent. If I didn't get it in there, the check could bounce.
Everyone looked at the check uncomfortably and said nothing. I couldn't stand it. I wanted to go home already, I had some work on a research proposal that I needed done yesterday. So I picked up the check and said, "Why don't we each pay 20?" I expected them to protest and offer to pay my share. They did not. My rent check bounced. For the second month in a row. I could be evicted for that in Jersey. They both wanted to do this again. Not on a cold day in hell. They never went out together. I ignored her calls afterwards because I knew I couldn't be civil with her.
We've been fake friends ever since. A few weeks ago, we were sitting together in Sunday school when an attractive man in his 30s, very smartly dressed, approached us. I had never seen him before. They knew each other and started chatting. I waited for the woman to introduce me. She did not. I even tried inserting myself into the conversation but she shut me out. Eventually, after five minutes or so, I walked away. Later, I asked her who he was. She said, "Oh! That's so and so. You don't know him? I thought you did. He always introduces himself to new people. If I had known I would have introduced you." I asked if she was dating him. She said, "No. But he's good looking, right?' "Right. You should go out with him." "Me? Oh, no, no, no. I couldn't." "Okay." I took that as the all clear for me to date him should the opportunity arise.
Since, I have seen the smart man looking at me, often. So, a week or two after not meeting him, the woman and I were talking in the lobby. He was leaving, saw us, turned around and came over to talk. He asked her about something. I waited to be introduced. I was not. The woman, not only did not introduce me, she turned her body so that her back was facing me and I was shut out of the conversation, again. At one point, the man looked right at me and asked if I ever got migraines. I said 'no' and he looked disappointed then turned back to the woman. Oh, those suave single mormon men! I got bored and walked away. This time, her omission was not accidental. She knew I hadn't met him. She, clearly, did not want me to meet him. Whatever. I went home.
It's been a few months. The man travels for business so he's not always there. He looks but he has never approached. I tried to smile at him last week but he wouldn't make eye contact. I suspect my 'friend' told him I had a boyfriend. Because she knew I had one once. She asked me about him on the first day I didn't meet the smart man. I told her that my boyfriend kept breaking up with me so I really didn't know what my situation was, other than I probably didn't have a boyfriend. So, now, in addition to not liking her, I don't trust her.
If I cared, I would go introduce myself to the man. But I don't. I just can't believe the juvenile behavior of that woman. It's pitiful and sad.