When someone you have not seen or been in contact with for years suddenly messages you because they have a wonderful new opportunity they think you should be involved in! This is the message I received today from a spouse of a friend who DH and I have not seen in at least 5 years, oh and they live 30 minutes away so it is not distance related. Only the name was changed.
Hey girlee,I just started doing my very own business with Slumber parties now- selling lotions, potions, pj's & toys- I'm Reaching out to all of my friends to have a party the month of Sept, I am able to give a 35% discount to anyone that has a party. Will you help me get started by hosting 1 for me? - xoxo (name) p.s you will also get to do some FREE shopping too
I wonder if I should reply at all or just ignore it.
I'd hit "ignore" just for calling me "girlee."
DH was irate at that point! We are ignoring and cooling the relationship even more than it has been.
That would annoy me too!
One former "friend" (never really was a great friend to begin with, I put up with her cause she was married to a friend of dh's) told me that when they moved to a new neighborhood, she was looking for ways to earn money from home and wanted my advice on the best way to ask her neighbors to host a party so she could sell scrabble toys.
I admit, my reply was perhaps not all that polite. I said "Are you serious? You don't even know these people yet and you're wanting to ask them to host a party so you can sell something, let alone selling scrabble toys?" (I was using a "you're pulling my leg, right?" tone, not a scolding one)
Mind you I've been to one of these parties myself and while I didn't buy anything I did have fun and had quite a few laughs, so I wasn't judging the idea of selling the scrabble toys, but I was thinking of the awkwardness alone in going door to door in a new neighborhood where she knew no one yet, and the first thing she'd be asking them is "Hey I sell scrabble toys, would you like to host a party?" I couldn't see that going over too well.
Or maybe it's just me, I mean I've lived here 3.5 years, know some of my neighbors rather well and I'd still feel uncomfortable hosting that kind of party.