- You no longer sneak into the movie theater when the lights are out so that no one can see that you came alone.
- You stop spreading out your purse, jacket, etc. all over the chairs around you at a restaurant to look like someone will be joining you
- You go to a wedding reception alone, compliment the groom's (close friend from my Boston days) mother on how beautiful her yard looks, and she looks around and asks,
Me: "No one, I am here alone."
Groom's Mother: "oh, well that was brave!"