I met my husband, Don, on Labor Day 2012 and sparks flew as we walked for hours around Manhattan Beach, talking and getting to know each other. This was followed with a drink by the pier and a couple more hours of conversation.
Talking to Don was like talking to an old friend who suddenly came back into my life. It was like we knew each other but didn’t. And he somehow made me believe true love did indeed exist.
So when a few months into our relationship I asked Don to be Facebook friends, and he declined, let’s just say I was most certainly thrown for a loop.
“How dare he?!” “What in the hell!” “That’s it. It’s over.”
These are a few things that ran through my head when he told me he didn’t want to be Facebook friends. And then a big one sank in….
“What in the world is he hiding?!”
Now, up to this point, Don had not done a thing to make me distrust him and in fact, he did a lot of things that made me trust him, so this was mind-boggling.
The next night we were together, probably within fifteen seconds if I know myself, I unleashed on him. I questioned him and our entire relationship.
I simply couldn’t understand how we could date and be falling in love and yet he didn’t want to “friend me” on social media.
Then, he said something calmly and uncomplicated.
“I don’t want to get to know you through Facebook.”
My inner rage was jolted. And as though it was controlled by a gas-stove dial, the flame went from bursting to barely there.
He had a really solid point. And I liked it. I respected that he didn’t want to learn about me through a social networking service.
So I agreed. We would not be Facebook friends until we were ready.
There was one stipulation though – I would be able to see his page whenever I wanted to, under his login. Come on people, I’m no fool. But he not only agreed, he also invited me to do so right then and there.
Which, of course, I did. But after that, I’ve probably asked him to look at his page maybe five times in the five years we’ve been together. And that was only to see pictures.
Now… flash forward to last week.
After being married for a year and a half, I turned to Don while we were grabbing a drink before dinner and said, “Babe, you think it’s time we become Facebook friends?”
He gave me one of his adorable side-tilted smiles and said, “You want to? Let’s do it.”
He sent me an invite ten seconds later.
And then I realized, after all this time, it’s really fun to suddenly get to see each other’s Facebook life. Not that it’s much different from non-Facebook life, but it is its own entity and I’m not sure Don realizes it, but he discovered a whole new way for us to get to know each other.