Someone from school sent me a friend request a while ago. At first I couldn’t recognize her because her profile pic was really hazy, but after I glanced through her pictures I realized I knew her. Hell, I even envied her back then!
I think I told you that I was a really
clueless introverted kid at school. I wasn’t good at anything. Okay, I could run like the wind, but that was mostly because I was thin as a reed and there was practically no air resistance. This girl was the exact opposite.
She was one of the most popular girls in school. If Indian schools had cheerleaders, she’d be one. Or if we had sororities, she’d be the bitch that wouldn’t allow girls like me to join. Or she would let girls like me join just so she could make fun of us – you know what I mean? She was, in fact, my nemesis. Not that she knew! I didn’t think that she ever even noticed me.
So when she sent me a friend request, it took me by surprise. What would she, queen-bee-turned-mother-of-three want with me? So I accepted the request and waited with the proverbial bated breath.
Two days, and nothing.
And then a little message popped up. You’re Ana from school, right?
Duh! If you weren’t sure why would you send me a friend request? Yes. I typed one word, testing the waters. She has been known to bite. At age 17, no less. (At this point I’m wondering if one of you has the I-know-who-you-are look on your face.)
Remember me???? I’m nemesis from section B!!!! I was in Gautam’s class!!
Remember you? The only 34B girl who ever wore a bright red bra under a white shirt when none of us had nothing to show for our fourteen years! The only girl who would willingly walk on the railing side of the staircase and made sure the boys downstairs got a good view. Trust me, a lot of people tried very hard to forget what you looked like!
Yes of course I remember you. How are you?
I’m gud yaar! Aur bata kaisi hai? Waao! I didn’t knew you have became so hot yaar!
That’s odd! I didn’t remember her having bad grammar. I remember that she was pretty and most boys were at her feet but really? And at the cost of sounding a little immature I must admit that (a) I’m a grammar and spelling snob and I hate SMS lingo, and (b) sometimes when I don’t like the person I’m talking to and they seem uncomfortable with English, I stubbornly refuse to switch to Hindi. Yeah I’m snooty like that. I’m also honest. Live with it.
Thanks. You look great too!
Of course she didn’t look nice anymore. Just to help you visualize, let me tell you that this exchange was taking place around Halloween and she looked like a hollow pumpkin in all her pics. Except her profile pic, which was clearly from the 1990s.
Thanku yaar!! Aur bata! Shaadi kar li? Bachche. vachche? (Thanks! Tell me, how are you? Married yet? Kids?)
Married? Yes, twice!
I don’t know why I did that. I think I just wanted to shock her and see how she would react. Awkward silence for a whole week!
I finally got curious today so I went to her profile. And believe it or not, she has unfriended me. But of course I don’t hate her that much. In fact, I could even try to like her in the way that Mister likes his fish. Dead. 😉
Were you popular in school? Would you judge someone based on their relationship/marital status? Have you ever been judged unfairly? Do you wish you had given someone a second chance?