The realization just hit me: I am going to spend my ENTIRE summer being the 3rd wheel. I just moved in with a couple, my best friend is smitten kitten over a guy that is finally out of super intense schooling. All of the people I am around seem to be part of a pair. If they aren't in a real couple, they are at least getting laid involved with that, to certain degree.
The interesting part isn't me being a tag-along, because I have little to no shame anymore in that regard, but more how my friends are reacting to having me around. It has made me more aware of the people I used to hang out with that were amazing at never making me feel bad about it.
I have one friend that was so good at hanging out with her bf and one other person that I often forgot she was in a relationship all together. It was something I would look forward to, hanging out with my couple friends. Somehow those days are long behind me. Now, PDA's are socially acceptable. I think its almost as bad as breast feeding too openly or allowing a too old child to run around naked through public parks. NOT COOL PARENTS!!!
My tolerance has gotten VERY low for couple-y shit when I am around. Don't make kissey faces and sit ALL over each other; you see each one another more than I see you. You should have stayed home if you wanted to maul each other. I don't need to be here for this.
Any kind of "us" attitude is a bummer when hanging out with a couple. Being courteous and complimentary to your significant other in front of friends is one thing. Sometimes it even gives me hope that one day I could have a functional relationship. Having a domestic or being too smoochy is just no good for anyone. We can all have drinks or do things as adults without making someone feel like the third wheel. Hell, I even enjoy spending time with a couple when they know how to balance their love for each other with being in public and acting like adults that enjoy each others company and the company of those around them.
I don't think I am asking for much. I do realize that this will be a very solitary summer if things keep up with the trend so far.