Beautifully written, I am glad I read past the title. My first reaction was a seemingly flippant, “Oh that explains why I got ghosted on dating sites, they died!”. But my next thought was that one can never know what else is going on in a stranger’s life that leads them to be unresponsive, so we should be more forgiving both to them and to ourselves. The third thought follows: “Conversely, if I am no longer interested (and presumed not dead) whatever else is going on in my life -and no matter how casual or fleeting the connection was- I should have Beth’s courage to look them in the eye and state my unavailability.”

I stop to miau to cats.

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