DEAR MISS MANNERS: During the entire quarantine, my “friends” have been getting together with people from their extended families and other friends for continuous parties and holiday celebrations -- like 26 people!
My husband and I are following the stay-at-home orders. We have never been sick, thank goodness, and are not going to any events, not eating at indoor restaurants, etc. We’re only going to grocery stores.
I’m missing out on so many things and have lost touch with my friends, I guess due to my jealousy that they are still having a good time and seeing each other while I am at home.
I feel so conflicted and sad. Any suggestions on how to move forward, knowing I may not have these friends in the future?
GENTLE READER: Because they might forget you? Or because they are courting the virus and might not be around?
But you are not really looking into the future. You are just piqued and sad at being left out of the fun, even though it is because of your own good judgment.
Miss Manners understands and sympathizes. And she is glad that it is not taking the mean form of wishing your friends ill consequences.
Now let us consider the future, when it will be possible for you to see friends safely, including ones who escaped infection despite rash behavior.
That depends entirely on whether you and they have the strength never to mention the choices you made during the pandemic. If they crow about theirs, it would be unbearable. But should you speculate that they should have been made sorry, or even express bitterness at your sacrifice, it will not go over well.
If you feel that the friendships are worth saving, you could start now by keeping in touch virtually, listening to their doings without scolding them, and saying that you are looking forward to seeing them later.