My friend Cheryl has been single for a year. It seems that negative stories of her escapades have been circulating ever since. Cheryl got married right out of college, and was always lamenting the fact she had missed out on the fun her girlfriends were having. While she tended to her babies, her friends were dating, working, taking shares in the Hamptons and Fire Island, and enjoying being single in their twenties.
When Cheryl got divorced last year she immediately vowed "to make up for lost time". She is hanging out with a young and fast group of women. She dresses way too provocatively, drinks too much, and sleeps with way too many men. Last night she and her girlfriend were seen at the bar at Kyma. They were picked up by 2 much younger men. Cheryl's foursome got so loud they were asked to leave. As she exited her son's friend's mom tried to make conversation in the parking lot. She immediately noticed that Cheryl was not sober or fit to drive. She suggested she leave her car there; her husband would drive her home, and suggested she pick it up the following day. Cheryl's girlfriend instigated an argument, and told the woman to mind her business. That night Cheryl got into an accident and and was arrested for DWI.
I hope for Cheryl's sake she learned her lesson that evening. I suggested she go out less often, drink less, and spend more time with her children and bid farewell to her inappropriate new friends. I repeated to her the following old Spanish proverb: "Better to be alone than to be poorly accompanied."