I’m posting it here using her real name because I half suspect she watches this site. One of the last points of contact I had with her was when I told her I’d had enough and wanted her to stop ringing me, so she asked me how to join the Straight Dope. I told her not to. She’d never shown the slightest interest in this place until I asked her to quit badgering me all the time, I gathered she just wanted to monitor what I was doing here and to try to avoid the phonecall and email ban by posting messages to me here.
Ok, here’s the deal.
Last year, my best friend Gwen put me through hell. She’s always had her moments, but last year really took the cake. In the end, I decided that I really didn’t want to be her friend anymore, and I stopped talking to her.
Mr Cazzle and I got married in December. I went to a small amount of trouble to try to prevent Gwen finding out though it wasn’t a major priority, I had more important things to think about at the time. I know what she’s like, and I thought there was a real possibility that she would be arrogant enough to show up uninvited, confident that I would weep and wail at the sight of her and beg her forgiveness for trying to shut her out of my life. Well I didn’t take rouge relatives into account, and she did find out, but we informed everyone that if Gwen was to ask about our wedding they were to say “Cazzle asked me not to tell you anything about it because you’re not welcome there”. I figured you couldn’t get more explicit than that.
In March, completely out of the blue, I got an email from Gwen, congratulating me on my marriage and wishing me the best for the future. On the face of it, it was a nice friendly email but it annoyed the crap out of me because I didn’t want her trying to involve herself in my wedding even after the fact. She had obviously discovered that I had changed my email address without telling her, so she’d been to my website to find my new email address (I use a unique address for my site). I also was disturbed by her email, because she sent it to me like it was just yesterday since we’d spoken and there was nothing wrong between us. It had been six months since we’d spoken, I wasn’t expecting to ever hear from her again, and she’s emailing me like there’s nothing wrong. It was weird. In addition, her email From field contained only her initials, like she thought I might have blocked her name so she didn’t use her full name like she used to. I blocked her email address and maintained my silence.
On Friday, she emailed me again. This time she used a different email address so I got the mail. She said:
I’m so conflicted. On the face of it, it’s a nice friendly email wishing me all the best. I shouldn’t be so angry to get a friendly email. On the other hand - it’s been over 8 months since I last spoke to her, and more than two months since I ignored her last email to me. When is she going to get the hint? And all the references to my website and my cats… it’s creepy. I don’t want her in my life, I don’t want her snooping around my website and I don’t want her congratulations or her well wishes. I’m so tempted to pull my website offline because of this. It feels invasive. Am I wrong to feel creeped out by this? I’m very angry, I feel like she’s been peeping through my windows. I put this stuff on my website because I don’t mind sharing it with people who want to get to know me, but this is different. She knows I want nothing to do with her, yet she’s still trying to contact me.
I feel like I’m wrong for being so angry, but this is so far from what I would do that I can’t relate to it. If the situation was reversed and I was trying to make contact with her, I’d be talking about me, about how I felt, apologising or demanding an explanation or whatever as I saw my situation, but I would not be trying to find out what’s happening in her life and commenting on it, and I most certainly would not be offering a critique on the makeover on her website [sub]especially as she told me not to use that design when we were still friends![/sub]
Am I crazy? Am I wrong to feel like this? I suspect I’m overreacting, but her attention feels invasive at this junction. Knowing that she’s been stalking her ex for the last five years isn’t helping that feeling at all. I don’t want to get periodic contact from her for the rest of my life, I just want to be left alone. And the fact that she emailed me about my wedding upset me. I had tried hard to make sure she had no connection to it whatsoever - it felt like she was trying to take that from me, to be a part after the fact and against my wishes. It’s so hard to explain. I must be coming across like a crazy control freak, but I feel like I’ve fought a battle to wrest my life from her grasp, and now she’s trying to worm her way in again, by taking things that are important to me and offering her opinion on them.
Please offer me your thoughts on this situation, I need an outsider’s perspective. Mr Cazzle is no help, he hates Gwen but he tells me he thinks I’m wrong to shut her out because she can be fun to be with sometimes. My mother says he’s wrong to say that, and that Gwen is dangerous and I’m better off without her and that she thinks I’m happier now that Gwen’s gone. My father says it’s all ancient history and to just ignore her - he doesn’t understand how these emails upset me so much.
I feel torn between guilt that I ditched a friend, embarrassment that I allowed her to be part of my life for so long when she is like she is, vunerability from the knowledge that even a single email full of kind words can torment me so much, anger that she won’t leave me alone, and indecision because I doubt my own judgement. I think that comes from turning a blind eye to her faults so long that now I feel funny condemning her for the same flaws that I used to ignore. I’m very upset by Mr Cazzle’s attitude - I don’t understand why he’s questioning my judgement here when he encouraged me down this path in the beginning. It’s like he only hated her until I’d grow to dislike her too, and then he switched sides on me. He apologised for that tonight, but only after we got into an argument about it in front of my parents, and that’s upsetting too because they didn’t see him apologise later, they only know that we fought and that he wants me to make up with the friend that my mother has hated since the first time she laid eyes on her. That puts friction between Mr Cazzle and my mother, and also makes them think we must be unhappy and fighting all the time if we’re fighting in front of them, but that’s not true… this post is going way too long, but tonight I feel very miserable, and I need some friends. Thank you for letting me vent.