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[February, 1990] One of the Worst Days of My Life


Dear Journal,

Today started out as a perfectly normal day but it ended up one of the worst days of my life.

hearbreak, betrayal, despair


It all started when Chen-chi told me that she knows something about Mitchell that will upset me and she wasn’t supposed to tell me but I dragged it out of her and she told me that Mitchell asked Carmella Louise out but she said “no.” Well I was really upset and disappointed but I made it through lunch and I was talking to my friends on the stairs how I’m going to dump him when we went to the next landing and guess who was at the top? That’s right Mitchell. He probably heard everything. When I got back to the class Sam P gives me a note from Mitchell saying:


I didn’t really give a damn (I was mad enough already!) but he gave me another note saying some shit about liking me but wanting to see other girls and what really pissed me off is at the end it said:

But we could still be friends!!!!!

I’m having mixed feelings about this: part of me is just furious, another part of me is really upset and a small part of me even wants him back! But I guess that is just the way the cookie crumbles.

Mitchell R

Now he’s just another name in my book of memories.

Oh, the drama! The race to make that preemptive strike, to be the one who dumps, not gets dumped. The nerve of him for asking another girl out before letting me know where he stand. And what extra nerve to use the biggest cliché in the break-up book by saying we could still be friends! How could he?

In hindsight, I of course realize he lacked the maturity and emotional sophistication to be honest with me, or at least bit more tactful in ending what was a tenuous relationship at best. Let’s review: two months, two dates and zero kisses. Really? Come on, there are Amish kids who probably have steamier relationships than that.

A day or two after the break-up, I took the bracelet Mitch gave me and wrapped it in a note that said: you are a two-timing sleaze-ball! I snuck into the coat room during class and hid the bundle in his jacket. At the end of the day, he tried to give me back the bracelet, but I was a girl of principle and refused to take it.I don’t remember what happened to the stuffed puppy he gave me, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it met with an equally dramatic fate.

While I was able to maintain a brave face in school, when I got home I cried and cried and cried. Then I cried some more.

  1. January 21, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    You could never break up face to face either. It always had to be in a classy “I’M DUMPING YOU!” note or over the phone.

    Also, “two-timing sleazeball” is amazing.

  2. Liz
    January 22, 2010 at 10:51 am

    I like the part about your “book of memories.” 😉

  3. damiella
    January 22, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    Unfortunately, I don’t think things have gotten much more mature, since I often hear about people breaking up over IM and text message nowadays.

    You pointed out the line that makes me CRINGE the most! Hahaha.

  4. May 13, 2011 at 6:45 am

    It must be AWFUL to really like someone and then break up! One question though… Do you really think Mitchell really did ask that other girl out or was it just a rumor???

    • May 14, 2011 at 4:02 pm

      Unfortunately, it wasn’t a rumor, and he did ask her out.

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