We = You + Me

Hard as it may be to believe, the word “we” refers to you and me. “Let’s” refers to ‘let us’ and ‘us’ refers to you and me.

In the past few months, I’ve encountered those who said, “So, we’ll be in touch by email,” or “let’s bring this up in the New Year.” Both sound congenial, like the ‘we’ in ‘we’ is actually present, when, in fact, those saying it to me expected me to be the one in touch.

I know someone who says, “We’ll talk soon.” For a long time, I thought this meant we would talk soon. But we didn’t, unless I called her. Now when she says it, I know it sounds nice, but I’ll believe it when I see it.

At a party I went to in August, I enjoyed talking with someone and asked if she’d like to get together. Yes! she replied and said she’d get my contact info from our mutual friend. I have yet to hear from her.

A few months later, I ran into someone I knew and asked if she’d like to get together. Yes! Yes! Yes! She was that enthusiastic. Then she made sure she had my email address and promised to contact me. No word.

I was raised to mean what I say and to take others at their word. Does absence make the heart grow fonder? It makes me wonder whether you know the meaning of we.