#492 The first text message between new friends

“Alright, have a great weekend, see you Monday.”

“Yup, you too… hey wait, what are you up to tonight, anyway?”

“Oh, not much, really. Maybe heading into the city with friends.”

“Cool, we’ll be down there too. Thinking dinner, maybe drinks.”

“Oh yeah? Here, add my number to your phone.”

“Perfect, I’ll text you later then… see where you’re at.”


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— Email message —

“dear neil, when I went to go buy the book of awesome at my local b & n, I was extremely disappointed to find it sold out. as I turned to leave, an employee nearly ran into me. thankfully, she had an armful of awesome with her! my heartbreak healed, I thanked her and made my way to the registers. was it fate? I like to think so. awesome!” – debra

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43 thoughts on “#492 The first text message between new friends

  1. Oh I do love this! You feel so special … like you’re real and official friends now ;)

    OMG what a divine intervention, Debra. Wow. Lucky you!

  2. I get elated when I get a text from a new friend (particularly that girl I met during last weekend’s party). It’s fun receiving the text first or when you get that “text me later” message. It shows that you’re liked by the people who don’t see your weird side just yet ;)

    Hooray, new friends!

  3. it’s awesome how a relationship can be build through text messages. this is what happened with me and my husband (then just a colleague), I unintentionally gave him my phone number; and it was war-time, no one could sleep at night, so text messages were like our distraction in these hard times.
    Now i find “awesome” that i’m building my new food blog from scratch. i’m just delighted.

  4. I love this! I’m also glad that the new friends text and not call. I’m not really a big fan of talking on the phone especially if its with someone I barely know. Sending texts gives me time to think about what I’m going to say and there’s no awkward silences. I’m horrible at small talk, so texts are the way to go.

    I think its also funny when I get a text from a number I don’t know that says, “Hey Bekah!” and I’m confused, but kinda excited about who it could be. Turns out its my brother or a good friend that just got a new phone.

  5. I hate to be negative, here, but oh so rarely are text messages so filled with proper capitalization, spelling, grammar, and punctuation.

    That said, I think it’s an awesome thing in itself when someone can type or text as though they were writing a professional document.

  6. The first text message I ever received from the man that I am now dating said “Hi this is Mark, the man of your dreams!” Now that is a text to remember. Thanks for reminding me of how it all began!

    1. I think it’s like when a boy gives you a real bitchin’ mixed tape with good Corey Hart and Asia songs on it.

        1. Okay — found my pepes on this post! First texts? Texts are what my daughter uses to tell me stuff I need to do for her. (ha! although will say I was really excited to get the first one…)

          I do excited when I get an email or phone call from someone I didn’t expect to follow through on the friendship possibility.

          So point taken — any new reach-out is pretty awesome!

  7. Neil, I feel like this post is so weirdly fated. I just got that first text from someone yesterday. Like the earlier poster, this was a guy I met this weekend. I love how texting can be a way of feeling out the relationship before you commit to a phone call. I definitely over-analyze each text, trying to find out if he is normal and if we have the same sense of humor. Unfortunately, you never really know the tone someone is trying to go for…

  8. I like that exchanging numbers text. “Here, give me your number and I’ll text you with my name so you know who it is.” I had two kind of first texts yesterday! One from an old coworker who had gotten a new number, and one from an old next door neighbor who I wasn’t very close with at the time but is turning into a friend.

    New friends are always nice. Especially when I’m at school. At home I have plenty of friends but at school every semester brings a fresh group of people and every number added to my phone is one more person to hang out with, work on homework with, or chat with in class.

  9. agreed! this is the best. especially when you keep finding good things to talk about all day.
    except I hate when I completely regret giving my number to a new friend when they turn out to be annoying. thankfully the bad decision doesn’t happen often :)

    1. I’ve done that. They text me all day every day knowing I have to work and then they get all mad when I can’t text back because I’m too busy.

  10. Wotcher!

    I’ve been visiting for a while. Unfortunately, I mostly just like to watch the conversations rather than to join in. That’s going to end now.

    Brill! Ah, the first text. I love looking back on the times of those “first texts”. :D The start of a new friendship.

    However, my closest friend and I did not start that way. Perhaps because I met her when I was five. To this day she is still my best friend.


  11. Dear Neil,

    LOVED this post. Loved it. Loved it. Loved it.
    Warmed my heart. Made me spring a huge grin and set my feet tingling!

    New friendship milestones are AWESOME!

    Thank you for this blog!


  12. Wow, this hit the nail right on the head. I thought I was the only one that got excited when someone was willing to go out and socialize with me!

    Thanks for this daily dose of awesome. :)

  13. first texting is one of the best things in the entire world!! and the unknown – will this be a new lifetime friend, or someone to pass a few weekends with? doesn’t matter though, just relax and have some fun!

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