I’ve been consoling this friend of mine who recently went through a “break up”. I added the inverted commas, because by definition, you’d have to be in a relationship before you can break up with someone, and this couple never made it there – they’d been doing couple-y things for a year, but neither has ever broached the subject of what exactly they are (were).

So, of course she was upset. For context, this was supposed to be her first real relationship, and I’m sure she had high hopes for it when it first started – but as months passed, we were noticing that he just wasn’t doing the things that boyfriends typically do, like showing up for birthday surprise parties, doing something special on valentine’s day, and other things you’d typically see a boyfriend doing in a blossoming relationship.

So we asked her what’s up.

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