Thursday, August 11, 2011

Warthogs and unicorns revisited

Out of the blue the other day I got an email from my old upstairs neighbor - someone I haven't seen in almost three years.

He and I both live in the same neighborhood, just north of where we used to live. And so, he said, he's seen someone he thought was me on the street corner several times, and do I pass by there? Not to imply that I loitered on street corners.

I replied that in fact, I do skulk on that very corner, and if he's seen a disheveled blonde sweating profusely and tapping her foot waiting for the light to change, then he's seen me on my way to work.

Which firmly established that it was me he'd seen. And so we had lunch.

He's just recently gotten married, to someone he met shortly before I met Nick. He and I went out a couple times that summer - now four years ago. When thinking about this post, I looked back through my archives to see what I'd written, if anything, about him during that Summer of Deepest Darkest Despair.

And it was this missive about warthogs and unicorns. It came from a very terrible, hopeless place of utter hopelessness and pointlessness and pointless hopelessness.

But in the end, Warthog Theory turned out to be right, and I meet my very own warthog - no offense, Nick. And no implication that you're graceless or grunty.

Because actually, if you were, you'd most certainly have been meant for someone else. And I'm sure the two of you would be very happy. And hopefully I'd have met someone who suited me just as well.

This is not going anywhere that I expected it to. So I'll stop now and just say boy, am I glad things worked out the way they did and also, oh, thank God.


  1. I remember the Warthog and Unicorn post! I've taken your place in the universe since then. Although I'm not hopeless most my thoughts about dating are pointless.

    The image you describe on the street corner is funny but you're not at all disheveled or known to skulk - rather stunning, bright and refreshing :)

  2. So funny how quickly things can change... I would send this post to my single&looking friends, but am afraid I'd insult them!

  3. I'm so very glad things have worked out so well, and I have really enjoyed following along both your dating (mis)adventures and the development of your relationship as lovers and parents. Thanks for sharing!

  4. I remember that post! I'm glad things worked out the way they did, too. Those unicorns can get stabby, too, you know.

  5. HK - You are in a very, very good place, and I'm glad of it.

    And I love the sunshiney picture you paint of me! :)

    frugalveganmom - I understand. When you are single, it can feel kind of condescending.

    Keenie Beanie - I'm so glad to have encountered you on this path! Thank you!

    That gentleman's lady - Just when I'd pretty much given up all warthog hope.

    Lisa - Very good point you make there.


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