Look at the landscape: Evaluating an iffy relationship

The thing about a bad signal is that it’s often about geography. As in, there is a mountain in the way or you’re in the middle of nowhere. But instead of reflecting on the landscape you blame your phone.

The same is true of relationships.

Let’s say the dude you’re dating leaves a voicemail. You’ve been waiting to hear from him for a while. For weeks. But the signal is cut off and all you hear is, “I’m sorry. I should’ve told you months ago. Bye.”

Before you blame your phone and hyperactively imagine every possible preceding sentence to his send-off, reflect on the landscape. Why did he wait this long to call? Has he done it before? Is he often saying he’s sorry?

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Did you take methodical notes about your first time? Read Bea’s Notes free Jan. 7-11

Oh, first times. Where was yours? Mine was at a Hilton overlooking a water park. I’ve never looked at giant water slides the same since.

What about your favorite first time in a movie? Stealing Beauty has one of the best, I think. Liv Tyler gets it on in the Tuscan countryside under an olive tree. I wanted a do-over after I saw that movie.

As for Bea and Peter, the awkward but sweet stars of my short story Bea’s Notes, they do it in his apartment, after he agrees to launder the sheets.

Bea's Notes by Lauren Kells

Bea’s Notes by Lauren Kells

More about the story

Bea is a bio major who has had sex with Peter three times now. When she started going out with him she also started a field book. It’s filled with her notes about what they’ve tried and how it felt so that she can get a baseline experience. From there, she can start hypothesizing about what may work best for her.

Bea is methodical. And now, she’s ready to make her next entry. (I think we all know what that means.)

Free, January 7-11, 2014

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I’d love to know what you think, and if it reminds you of your own first awkward discoveries. That’s what comments are for!

Or share your favorite first times in books and movies.