So I'm talking via MSN (read, typing the usual disjointed sentences) to a ladyfriend of my recent electronic acquaintance, who I find lives near me and might be a good somebody to spend time with, develop new social links etc. etc. etc.
And then the mobile rings.
The mobile hardly ever rings.
The last time it rang, it was to do solely with business, and important business at that.
WHO WAS IT? My mother, who had someone to talk to me. The someone was a girl I'd grown up with, since as long as I can remember; our parents knew each other when I was just a glint in Lord Voldemort's eye. Allowing for the vicissitudes of childhood memory and the gap between our ages, I have known this person and loved them as a sort-of-little-sister figure for nearly THIRTY YEARS.
I have known the other person for almost as many minutes.
Who would YOU have given priority to?
(Yes, I e-mailed the new MSN friend and apologized profusely as soon as the call was over.)
I am going for a walk in the rain and the wet, with a textbook, to study pathology and purge my social sins. I feel in need of a good flagellation right now.