Why Me?

Why do ran­dom 18-year-old girls send me emails ask­ing me “what oth­er pre­cau­tions” they should take on a trip they should­n’t be going on in the first place?

She’s get­ting on a bus for 8 hours to go see a guy she only knows online.

She says, “He is 11 years old­er than me which makes me uncom­fort­able, not to men­tion he’s married.”

She’s giv­ing her fiancé the infor­ma­tion she has about this guy, and that’s her only “pre­cau­tion.”

The mar­ried guy is pay­ing for every­thing. She will be total­ly depen­dent on him to even buy her a bus tick­et home.

She does­n’t know any­one else in that area.

Which part of, “THIS IS STUPID!” is unclear?

She sent an email via my web­site, so appar­ent­ly, she was there for some rea­son. I wrote an arti­cle about meet­ing online acquain­tances offline. She’s already tossed away all the advice that was in that arti­cle, so why does she ask me for more?

And now I’m all worried.

Lac­ie, if you read this, I hope you did­n’t go. Please get hold of a copy of The Gift of Fear by Gavin De Beck­er. (Your local library should have a copy.) It’ll explain WHY your instincts were telling you not to go, and help you to be more con­scious­ly safe in the future.

And Lac­ie, email me to tell me you’re safe? Please?

Cur­rent Mood: 🙁wor­ried
Cyn is Rick's wife, Katie's Mom, and Esther & Oliver's Mémé. She's also a professional geek, avid reader, fledgling coder, enthusiastic gamer (TTRPGs), occasional singer, and devoted stitcher.
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