I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine,
He who pastures his flock among the lilies.
Song of Solomon 6:3
If I tell you facts about myself, do you know me better? Let us try it and see.
I am between 5’5” and 5’3” tall. My blood pressure is 110/60. I weigh 112.25 lbs fully clothed and shod. My brown hair brushes my shoulders when I let it down and glasses intercede between me and the world. My GPA at WPI is 3.9. I only use fountain pens. I lean on my left elbow while typing. I bake various types of chocolate-chip related cookies often. I walk fast. I wear zipper pants and T-shirts most of the time. I carry a very thin black leather wallet containing no cash. A digital camera accompanies me most places. I know very little HTML. I do not speak any other languages. I have traveled a bit. I carry a black WPI three-ring notebook to class. I take notes diligently except in Social Imps, where I doze diligently. I wear mismatched slippers. I sometimes do sit-ups and push-ups. I read lots of books in my spare time. I belong to four environmental protection groups. I listen to a wide variety of non-rap music. I scrub the toilet with castille soap and baking soda. I am 21 years old and have been married for two years. My home is Washington state. My major is Technical, Scientific, and Professional Communications, and you can take that however you like. This quote from Baumeister & Leary’s 1995 article meant something to me:
Other relationships are limited in time by external transitions such as graduating from college, moving to a different city, or getting a new job. As such transitions approach, people commonly get together formally and informally and promise to remain in contact, to share meals or other social occasions together, to write and call each other, and to continue the relationship in other ways. They also cry or show other signs of distress over the impending separation (Bridges, 1980). These patterns seem to occur even if the dissolving relationship (e.g., with neighbors) had no important practical or instrumental function and there is no realistic likelihood of further contact.
More generally, many social institutions and behavior patterns seem to serve a need to preserve at least the appearance of social attachment in the absence of actual, continued interaction.
Now do you know me?