Sorry I’ve Been A Shitty Friend: A Multiple Choice Form Letter

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Dear (fill in name of friend here),

How are you? It’s been way too long, I know. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve thought of you and then said to myself, I should really (call/write/at least click like on your vacation photos) but I’m sure you know how it goes. No matter how organized I am, it seems like (life/the news/a hangover) is always getting in the way. It’s so true what they say. Time sure does have a habit of flying when you’re (procrastinating/bemoaning the state of humanity/binge watching Better Call Saul), doesn’t it?

Funny thing is, your name came up just the other day. Someone asked me, “Hey, how’s (fill in name of friend here)? (He’s/She’s) got to be almost (ready to move/ready to have a baby/done with school), right? And it really drove home how long it’s been since I (emailed/tweeted/tagged you in a photo)!

I’m so sorry I missed your (birthday/anniversary/relative’s funeral), I really have no excuse other than the fact that I am spending far too much time (arguing with strangers on the internet/drowning my sorrows in Pinot Noir/in the midst of an existential breakdown). Most days it seems all of my time is taken up by (numb shock/carpooling/debating the continued existence of humankind). I keep thinking things are going to settle down in the next few months, at least enough to (stop refreshing Twitter incessantly/clean my house/remember my kids birthdays), but who knows? Crazy world we live in, right??

And here we are half way through the year already! It seems like yesterday (the world was normal/school started/you moved). Time really does go by quickly. Did I say that already? Lol. Oh, God. I really have to stop using (texting/Snapchat/emoji) abbreviations before I lose all ability to (speak/reason/write) coherently!

But hey, (fill in name of friend), listen. You should know that despite how bad I’ve been at keeping in touch, I’m totally (stalking you on Instagram/following your exploits on FaceBook/relying on what my mom tells me). But it’s nice to get a (letter/email/social media comment longer than 140 characters) sometimes, isn’t it? Despite my (radio silence/passive aggressive comments/emoji reduction correspondence) I do think of you often and wonder how everyone’s doing.

So, in case you’re wondering, it’s not you! It’s (me/Brexit/Trump/Camus level existentialism). I really do feel bad about not keeping in touch, though. Honest!

Anyway, hope you’re all (well/sane/not contemplating the meaning of life from a ledge). Please keep me up to date. And let’s not let this long go by again!

All the best!

(Fill in your name here)

177 Comments Add yours

  1. Ooh. I don’t suppose it would be good form to send this link to my friend by way of getting in touch after a long silence, would it? It would be ironic, yes, but not good form. Still, I’d hate NOT sharing this! So, what the heck, I will!

    Liked by 8 people

    1. Dina Honour says:

      Send it….and follow it up with a proper one! I had too many friends to tag for myself ;-).

      Liked by 2 people

    2. Lerato says:

      The odds are always unpredictable, so what the heck send it….

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Becca says:

    Actual lol at “relying on what my mom tells me.” A+. Gold star.

    Liked by 3 people

    1. Dina Honour says:

      So much of this.
      Right after we get through how quickly the time is flying and what we’re doing for Christmas, I get the catch ups. But I totally rely on them!

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  3. intenttowin says:

    I guess we are all Shi**y friends sometimes. I have two friends I’ve known since grade school who have literally saved my life! And I’ve never done 1/100 of what I should do to repay them. But I try to help when they call.

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    1. Dina Honour says:

      You are there when they need you. That is the very definition of a good friendship!

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  4. dawnkinster says:

    LOL. All so true.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Dina Honour says:

      Demented and sad, but true 😉

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    1. Dina Honour says:

      Thank you! (And sorry for the lag in response time!)

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Oh jeez, no problem! I’m not an ‘unfollow’ if you don’t reply to everything or in a specific timeframe type of person. The ‘rules’ and expectations in this community are sometimes a little uptight for my liking, and don’t account for people having lives outside of the blogosphere! Just wanted to let you know I really enjoyed this 🙂

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      2. Dina Honour says:

        Lol, we will ‘no worry’ each other to death ;-). Be well!

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    1. Dina Honour says:

      Thank you for the reblog!

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  5. Breaking The Stereotypes says:

    Sometimes you just don’t know what to say to a friend after a long time of not talking. I love this template. Definitely speaks to my situation.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Dina Honour says:

      It’s hard. I often start off with “Sorry I’ve been so bad at keeping in touch”, and try to own the onus is it’s on me.

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  6. Oh my goodness. This is so clever and relevant! I’m so tempted to fill this out and send it to a couple people! Hahaha

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    1. Dina Honour says:

      I definitely had a few friends of my own read it and get back to me with a “ah, there you are!”

      Liked by 1 person

  7. HeyLoons says:

    I thought this was (okay/ good/ really funny).Thanks for the (giggle/ chuckle/ laugh). The third options! Enjoyed this, thank you.

    Liked by 3 people

    1. Dina Honour says:

      You are very welcome/obviously have good taste/very good at flattery.
      I’ll take any or all.
      Thanks and sorry for the lag in response time!

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  8. qweenroyal says:

    This is great….

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Dina Honour says:

      Thank you, glad you enjoyed it!

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  9. Nice job!!! We can all relate to this.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Dina Honour says:

      Is it bad that it makes me feel better to know there are lots of others who can relate???

      Liked by 1 person

  10. agnesmack says:

    Ouch. This hurts it’s so damn relevant!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Dina Honour says:

      Glad to know I’m not alone out there.

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  11. Mike6915 says:

    Loved it!!
    quack 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Dina Honour says:

      Is it walking and talking like a duck too? 🙂

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      1. Mike6915 says:

        Sure :D, Your comment widget prompted me to be one…am supposed to be your talking goose, hoping geese quack as well 🙂

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  12. There is something missing here. You forgot to mention the awkwardness of trying to talk a friend after years. But hey, I would gladly send this to all my friends because it does convey my reasons too

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    1. Dina Honour says:

      That is tough–because I live overseas, a lot of my communication is done via computer and email as opposed to phone calls. That definitely makes it easier to grovel when I screw up–but, it also makes the excuse for NOT keeping in touch harder to buy. Sometimes, if it’s worth it, you’ve got to embrace the awkwardness and come out on the other side, I think. But it’s not easy!

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      1. I live overseas too!! It is definitely awkward at times but with friends it is easily overcome

        Thanks for the reply!!

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  13. I just loved it.
    Very well written.😍😍

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    1. Dina Honour says:

      Thank you, and my apologies for the late response!

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  14. Anonymous says:

    Love it !❤️😊😊

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  15. Love this. So funny, so true

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    1. Dina Honour says:

      I never realized just how many people felt this way! Glad to know I’m not alone in my shitty friend habits!

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  16. Oh, my, what are you doing traipsing around in my brain? Well, at least I hope you’re wearing soft-soled shoes.

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    1. Dina Honour says:

      I live in Denmark. We take our shoes off whenever we enter, so you’re good ;-).

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  17. That made my morning… 😉

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    1. Dina Honour says:

      And that makes mine!

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    1. Dina Honour says:

      Thank you, I”m glad you found it relatable!

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  18. Shared on my twitter! @shadeformidable

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  19. Kim says:

    I love this. We all go thru shitty friend phases Right? Some worse then others, some forever long.

    What an awesome sarcastic template that really is able to be perfect for anyone!

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    1. Sree says:

      It really does talk about the current social life people are experiencing! Great work😇

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      1. Dina Honour says:

        Thank you. Its nice to know I’m not alone!

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      2. Sree says:

        Haha yeah!

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    1. Dina Honour says:

      Thanks! Glad you enjoyed the piece!

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  21. I love this! It’s the very first time I’ve felt compelled to immediately share a post on facebook, because it’s so nicely written and so relatable 😀

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Dina Honour says:

      Oh, now that is flattery!! Thanks, and I’m honored.

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    1. Dina Honour says:

      Thanks for the reblog!

      Liked by 1 person

      1. lindyroo says:

        I loved it; wish I’d thought of it!

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  22. youarethebrightside says:

    HA! Thanks for the laugh. Most of my days are taken up with numb shock, too. 🙂

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    1. Dina Honour says:

      So much numb shock!

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  23. worldofnabeeda says:

    I guess we have all been there one time or another and it just so happens without realising ❤ great post!

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    1. Dina Honour says:

      Thank you! I think we all have been there. I’m stuck there at the moment, that’s part of the problem!

      Liked by 1 person

    1. Dina Honour says:

      Thanks for the link!

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  24. Wellness Project says:

    Hahaha this is so relatable!

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    1. Dina Honour says:

      Glad you found it (funny/relatable/not too depressing). 🙂

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  25. Sree says:

    Reblogged this on theteendiarysite and commented:
    Amazing piece of work! Talks about the real social life!

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    1. Dina Honour says:

      Thank you, and thanks for the reblog!

      Liked by 1 person

  26. modernsouls says:

    Binge watching better call saul😂

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    1. Dina Honour says:

      Now on Designated Survivor…..

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  27. calm170 says:

    This was really good!

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    1. Dina Honour says:

      Thank you very much 🙂

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  28. This one sure hit home, we become so busy with being busy and tend to lose touch with life. Really enjoyed reading this 🙂

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    1. Dina Honour says:

      It’s true. Always, but for me, especially of late. Anything that serves as a reminder to stop and look around once in a while is a good thing, I think. Even if it is satire.

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  29. diaryofaveragegirl says:

    Hahahah this is right in the money. Can’t count how many times in my life, I’ve had to send a version of this! Great post!

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    1. Dina Honour says:

      Thank you. I keep laughing because the people I would send it to reply by asking if they could send one right back in return!

      Liked by 1 person

  30. Anonymous says:

    shared this with a friend in hopes they can fill it out because i am too lazy/busy.

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    1. Dina Honour says:

      Perfect. We need to do a response letter!

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  31. Going to make that phone call today. Finally! Got the push I needed. Beautifully put down, so damn honest ❤

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    1. Dina Honour says:

      Great, and when you’re finished, can I contract you out to make all my phone calls? The list is getting long! 😉

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  32. This is too good!!! Many many times have I been in this situation and felt like who actually dropped the friendship ball? Did the other person reach out either?
    When in doubt take the higher road. Excellent post!

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    1. Dina Honour says:

      Thank you. I think the truest friendships can survive (distance/time/satire). But if something comes along and gives us a little nudge to check in? All the better!

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  33. Elyse says:

    Dana, I don’t know if you saw this article, but I immediately thought of you:

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    1. Dina Honour says:

      I did, thanks! And selfishly, I feel like I’ve written about all of this before with little notice! But putting my ego aside, I’m glad it’s getting notice now.

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    2. Dina Honour says:

      I did see it, and I thought, hey! I’ve written about almost every one of these things! But, putting my ego aside, I’m thrilled it’s getting noticed. Thanks for thinking of me and sending it along!

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  34. Rich Romero says:

    You had me at Camus!!!! This is awesome and I laughed out loud more than once!

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    1. Dina Honour says:

      Well thank you for that, it made my day!

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    1. Dina Honour says:

      Thanks for the link!

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  35. Awesome post, I can totally related! Thanks for the laughs

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    1. Dina Honour says:

      So easy to get caught up in our day to day lather, rinse, repeat. Important to take time for friends too–even if it’s just sending them a link that makes them (laugh/think/smile).

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  36. ktdotspots says:

    Reblogged this on Starting Somewhere and commented:
    So good!!

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  37. Guess we have the wrong priorities sometimes

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    1. Dina Honour says:

      Sometimes. But I think in the cases of true friendship, both parties understand. I hope. Otherwise I really AM a shitty friend.

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  38. Merry Lark says:

    LOVE IT! I could send this to everyone I know these days!!! Thx for the laugh.

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    1. Dina Honour says:

      Me too! The problem is, I’d get several back in return!

      Liked by 1 person

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