You know the old saying, "there's always two sides to every story"? That's not quite right. The way I see it, there are actually three sides to every story. Where do you think third-person narration springs from? But I digress.
My best friend is dating her best friend. There are mixed opinions about him. Her girlfriends don't think he is the best of all people. She (obviously) thinks differently. The debate (for want of a better word) was exacerbated a little last night at her 20th birthday party, when we all met him. The two of them left early, because she'd had a fair bit to drink, and part of the rest of the night (morning) was her girlfriends talking freely amongst themselves and to me.
I'm the third person, aren't I?
First impressions are often wrong. Occasionally correct, but often wrong. I figure that another old saying is useful here: "don't judge a man until you've walked 1.6 kilometres in his shoes". I just don't know him well enough to be able to judge. Though, being my best friend's boyfriend, I should learn more in the coming days, weeks, months.
It's kind of interesting watching other people's relationships. It was always intriguing to me, even before mine started. I can tell what's going to work and what isn't, and just from watching, I can tell what needs to be done to fix a broken one. It's a little bit instinct, a little bit intuition and a little bit common sense, but it's a lot about just observation.
My observation tells me that so far, they seem to be going well, though, like I said, first impressions can be wrong.
There are three sides to every story...