Attending a family wedding when you're single can be a real trial. Even well-meaning relatives have a habit of asking the question you never want or need to hear again: "So, when are you going to find someone nice and settle down?" Ugh, haven't they read the expert's view on how happy single people are?
Melissa Croce, a woman living in New York City who works in books marketing, decided to combat this situation head-on by making a "Why I'm single" brochure to hand out at her cousin's wedding.
In a tweet that's now gone viral, Croce explained that the brochure idea was initially just a joke that she shared with co-workers – "but I was too committed to the bit to quit".
The brochure includes a list of job and New York-related "FAQs" which Croce provides witty pre-emptive answers for. To the question "How's living in New York? Isn't everything so loud and crowded and expensive? Ew the subway!", Croce supplies an answer that anyone living in London might want to bookmark for future reference.
"I was going to tell you an honest answer, but your question seems judgmental, so out of spite I'm going to tell you instead that I LOVE IT and IT IS GREAT AND PERFECT and sure it is ALL OF THOSE THINGS but living in New York isn't for JUST ANYBODY, DAHLING, SOME PEOPLE ARE JUST STRONGER THAN OTHERS."
The brochure also includes an hilariou "Why is Melissa single?" choose your adventure experience.
Croce's tweet, which has been liked nearly 2,500 times, has drawn some very appreciative responses. "I have to commission one of these from you for my brother’s wedding. This is a work of genius," one woman tweeted back. Check out a selection of responses below.
I will literally PAY YOU to make one of these for me since I’ll be seeing my mom’s side of the family for the first time in 8 years soonish. Wouldn’t even need to change the last page bc it is actually perfect (just like you). Incredible! Astounding! Art in its purest form!— Em (@EM_bolden) June 15, 2019
Wish I'd thought of this when I was single! You go, girl! My favorite response was, "At least I haven't married any of my mistakes..." to the person who was questioning my status and had been married 3x...Got married at 43 and it was well worth the wait.— Kit Brown-Hoekstra (@kitcomgenesis) June 21, 2019
Melissa Croce, I'm sure you'll agree, just won June.