How To End A Friendship


Remember the good old days? The days when you could actually lose touch with the people you wanted to lose touch with? Sadly, those days are gone.

Once upon a time, you could leave a job and rest assured that if you never wanted to hear from those cubical mates again, you wouldn’t have to. Old neighbors would receive holiday cards for a few years until the communication fizzled out and expired friendships were allowed to simply fade away. It was a natural part of the cycle of life. Relationships come and go and that’s how it always was and is supposed to be.

Until Facebook. Thanks a lot, Mark Zuckerberg.

A few months ago, I heard from an old acquaintance. She was the type of person who you know for a brief period of time and never hear from again. Except that she found me on Facebook and lived not too far away. Would I like to meet for lunch? I could barely remember who she was, but I accepted. What did I have to lose?

Turns out, a few precious hours of my life. Within minutes, I remembered exactly who she was and exactly why the relationship should have died a quick, painful death. Unfortunately, she didn’t seem to agree. Before the meal was over, I was somehow roped into a double date for the next weekend and invited to her kid’s birthday party. I’m really not even sure how that happened.

I rushed home and called Jeff. Normally, when I meet potential friends and we take that big step of a double date, I give him a speech about us needing more couple friends and to be on his very best behavior. No crude jokes. No inappropriate stories. No third glass of wine. This time, I did the opposite. We need to get out of this friendship now, I told him. You have my permission to be offensive. Be obnoxious. Do all of those things I would normally kick you under the table for. Be your worst self ever.

And, he was. He told jokes that only belong at bachelor parties. He was loud and brash and didn’t think twice about inserting his unwanted opinion. He was horrible. It was perfect. We never heard from her again and the pending Facebook request was cancelled.

And that, my friends, is how you end an unnecessarily resurrected relationship.


  1. 1

    Kaycie Christine says

    That. Is. Hilarious.

    I am definitely going to have to keep this in mind!! If only there were some way to do this with in-laws as well….

  2. 4

    BalancingMama (Julie) says

    Ooh, I so want to do this! Maybe it’s time to invite my most annoying Facebook friend to a couples brunch? Mwahahaha…

  3. 5

    Laura says

    I LOVE this!!! I used to mentally add people to a list in my head that some day I would never have to see them again -and yes, now those days are gone (although I wonder if people feel the same way about me.)

    • 6

      Jerry Smith says

      Is sounds like she had a good night; that said, couldn’t she after discovering the friendship should have died and quick and painful death, do just that at lunch?

  4. 7

    Sara @The Football Wife says

    And now that you’ve posted about it, you’re *definitely* off the hook. Good work, Jill. Good work. ;)

  5. 9

    Chelsie says

    That, ladies and gentlemen, is what one calls a well-earned victory. (And really, whose husband doesn’t want the chance to air his untamed, fratboy alter ego once in a while?) Awesome. Sauce.

  6. 12

    btchygirl2 says

    had to read…you got my attention! this is sooooo frickin funny!and true..I have many I’d like to can

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    Making It Work Mom says

    Maybe Jeff could give classes. I feel like my husband would freeze under pressure. Naturally he is totally obnoxious, but on command I feel like he would get stage fright. Kind of like that pee thing guys have.

  8. 19

    Autherine@BoysRising says

    Omg! Is this true? See that I am not the only one who gives the “talk” before parties. You are brave; I would go the avoidance route.

  9. 21

    Dawn B says

    For some strange reason I thought you were going to say that she still wanted to be friends with you after that. haha You husband rocks.

  10. 22

    StephanieinSuburbia says

    Excellent! My husband and I have all sorts of great codes for when we want to get out of something. Luckily he gets a lot of work “emergencies.”

    • 23

      Hope75 says

      My husband and I have codes too. Neither of us like his best friend’s wife, so when she joins the three of us occasionally we choose a new “escape” word. The last one was “fruit cake.” Half-way through dinner, my husband began talking about that really great “fruit cake” he had for lunch.

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    edgyapronstrngs says

    I love your “go ahead and be the worst ‘you’ that you can possibly be, honey.”

    And the fact that it worked is brilliant!

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    Distracted Daddy says

    Nice. I can imagine he enjoyed this. I know I would.

    Hopefully during that awkward meeting, you never mentioned your blog that she might be reading right now…

      • 27

        Kris says

        Eh, let her read it. That just means more insurance that she won’t be contacting you again. Unless she makes it her life’s mission to make you like her. In that case, good luck!

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    Kid Id says

    I was seriously in wincing for you reading about the encounter but BRAVO for finding a way to end it. Beautifully executed! I just always use my kids as an excuse for why I can’t continue being involved with something.

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