TGIF, everyone! I don’t know about you, but this has been a crazy-ass week for me. I started it feeling like shit in a hospital bed in St. Louis, but feel grateful to be ending it resting at home — and feeling much, much better (thanks, again, for your healing thoughts and prayers!) — in Brooklyn, surrounded by my cats and all things familiar. I’m going to spend much of this weekend taking it easy, catching up on a little work, writing thank you notes for a baby shower my family threw me last week (held just before I checked into the hospital; I spent most of the shower puking or curled up in my aunt’s bed in a fetal position, unfortunately, but I still cleaned up as far as gifts go. I have a very generous family!), and hopefully Saturday night — if I’m feeling well enough — Drew and I will go out for a belated anniversary dinner to celebrate two years of marriage.
This weekend’s open thread prompt comes from a reader who wrote to me a few days ago, saying: “[Friday’s shortcuts column] got me thinking…How do you break-up with a friend/ ‘best friend’? I have a friend that has just become toxic to the point that I don’t care to be abused as her friend anymore. My tactic has been to just not text her or initiate contact, but I wondered what the DW readers have done?”
So, readers, how have you handled a similar situation? Have you ever “broken up” with a friend (or been broken up with)? What was your tactic, and do you regret the way you went about it or would you do the exact same thing again?
And, as always, if you have a relationship/friendship issue you want to share with everyone and maybe get a little insight and feedback on, ask away!
* If you’ve got a suggestion for a future open thread topic, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.