I had the experience this past week of being “unfriended” on Facebook by a long-time personal friend and then ‘refriended” by the same person when I requested it. All of this without a word of explanation from the person involved, even when I sent a direct message asking why the initial “unfriending” happened.
I was shocked and saddened by the “unfriending”. Yes, we had a disagreement as to a decision I had made regarding a change in direction in my life, but I thought my friend was ultimately okay with my choice. I was confused by my friend NOT answering my questioning of the initial “unfriending” and a little hurt. When my request for “friending” again was accepted, I was disappointed that there was no response to my question on what had prompted the initial “unfriending”. I seriously contemplated “unfriending” my friend over this slight, but my better angel triumphed, leaving the “friend” status in place.
I hope that by writing this piece, my friend will get in contact with me to explain what set off the initial “unfriending”.