i hide people more than i'd like to admit these days. i've hidden everyone until my feed is all ads for budgeting apps and those weird vitamins that look like golden capsules filled with perfectly round spheres. reminders to wish people happy birthday and donate to their charity of choice instead of sending presents.
i don't know many people who send presents anymore really. the "HBD!" wish that shows up is the tiniest amount of gold people can spare for you. and it's fine and it's nice and they thought of you enough to say something so that counts for something. at the very least one point. one point to add to the good deed point list.
i've hidden everyone because i don't love you because you are on top of today's political machinations. i love you because of that one time i lost my wallet and you stayed with me to call all my credit card companies because i couldn't stop being mad and crying about it.
i don't love you because your life is beautiful pictures of beautiful places you've been or your beautiful children being their beautiful selves. i love you because of that night we sat in my dorm room singing love songs. perfectly sober and overwhelmingly sad over different people who would never love us. no shame in my tracy chapman game. we had that shit on repeat.
i'm completely aware of the need to play show and tell and the benefits of being able to let distant family members know we're ok without having to call them, i also feel completely isolated by all of the noise. this is how we talk to each other now.
i shouldn't complain. i'm horrible on the phone.
i remember getting in trouble for always hogging the line as a teenager, coveting that connection.
now i look at my phone with disdain when it vibrates and a phone number appears. i grumble and let it go to voicemail.
i'm busy. i can't be bothered.
i'm sitting looking at my phone. i'm doing nothing and i can totally be bothered.
i am part of this communication breakdown.