The reveal

It was New Year's Eve. My hair was done, and I had my party dress on. I had Tweeted that I was heading to Georgetown for dinner and then drinks at L2 Lounge. All that was left was to feed my dog, Nutter, and I was off to ring in 2010. My phone vibrated, and I thought it was another BBM from Misty, but it was an e-mail…from "Buckeyes" Boy.

I was simultaneously infuriated that he was writing me after I had asked him not to contact me and curious as to what he had to say at this point. He wrote:

I know you asked that I not contact you and I will certainly not do so beyond this email. I just wanted you to know that I'm sorry for any way in which I've hurt you or mislead you. You deserved more and because of me got much less.

Thank you for being you and the wonderfully sweet, thoughtful, caring, and all around amazing person you are. I hate using such a dated cliche, but it wasn't you, it was me. I noticed the way I was responding to what you needed or by the way you phrased certain questions. It hit me that I wasn't really able to handle the relationship that you needed. Whether that be because of the new job or time or whatever, it wasn't enough for you and I could feel that.

In the end, it should have been communicated to you differently and more respectfully than the way it ultimately played out. Whether you believe me or not, I did not pack my things with the knowledge that I was not coming back.
On the eve of a new year, let me again say I'm sorry and I wish you nothing but happiness and success in all things you do in 2010 and beyond. You deserve nothing less….

Me

***

I sat on my kitchen floor with tears in my eyes and called Misty.

Me: Why the hell would he do this to me on New Year's Eve?

Misty: Because he's a manipulator.

Me: Why is he still signing our e-mails as "Me?" It's so not cute anymore.

Misty: Maybe he does that in all his e-mails? [We laugh.] Just let it go. We're going to have fun tonight. Don't let him spoil that for you.

Me: You're right. Thanks. Can we meet in like 30 so I can regroup a little?

Misty: Of course.

I hung up with Misty and called my friend, Z.

Me: Why the hell would he do this to me on New Year's Eve?

Z: He's scared. He knows that you're up to something since you haven't indicated on Twitter or your blog that you've broken up and that you're writing about this big news. He knows that you're going to bust him.

Me: Yeah, that makes sense.

Z: He has a guilty conscience, too, and is probably realizing that he lost the best girlfriend he will ever have.

Me: Yeah, he did. [We laugh.]

And, then, Z and I started discussing about how insincere the e-mail was. If "Buckeyes" Boy really wanted to make amends, wouldn't he have sent that note with a check for the parking tickets or an offer to come to an event at the Convention Center? But, he didn't. He just wrote more of the same bull-shit.

My ex and close friend, Philly Matt, had a different take to why I heard from "Buckeyes" Boy on New Year's Eve.

Philly Matt: Because he's alone and doesn't want to be.

It took me less than 30 minutes to realize that "Buckeyes" Boy's e-mail changed NOTHING! He was a pathological liar and a guy who knowingly took advantage of my generosity. So, what did I do in response?

Just what he deserved…nothing!

So, yes, folks, my boyfriend really did break up with me on Twitter. He played me, and after the initial shock subsided, I decided to play the story. I was a 36-year-old who met her boyfriend through Twitter and got broken up with on Twitter. This was blog gold!

In writing up my little speech for my Blog Party at Black Finn last night, I realized that I ended up with a different kind of Twitter relationship story out of this experience, though. If it wasn't for "Buckeyes" Boy, I never would have become active on the site…I never would have gone to my first Twitter Happy Hour…and I never would have met many of you whom I now call friends.

I can't regret dating "Buckeyes" Boy because it led me here. I feel blessed to have so many wonderful friends through the Twitter and the blogging communities — both virtually and in real life. And, it looks like my blog might (fingers crossed) lead me in a new professional direction so I'm not returning to the law this year.

My relationship with "Buckeyes" Boy also taught me that I needed to put my goals first. This City Girl hopes to be a City Mom in a few years. I attended my first informational meeting about adoption earlier this year and plan to start the process in the spring. To say that I'm excited about adopting a little girl would be an understatement.

Thank you again to everyone who came to my party last night and all of you out there in the blogosphere who expressed your concern about my well-being! I appreciate your support more than words can adequately express! xoxo

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