On Pandas and Nectarines

A reflection of experiences

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On Pandas and Nectarines

When I was in high school, my best friend created an alias for the internet. It was a creative handle for anything social media and something I could use to identify her if I ever needed to reach her.

It was a single nonsense word of personal meaning. I forget what she meant by it but I’ll never forget the handle itself. The first makings of internet ambiguity, a way to stay safe and stand out at the same time.

I settled on ‘Pandarine’. For the creature I was always particularly fond of and culturally inclined to, and the fruit that I felt fitted my personality the best. Not quite as soft as a peach, at least on the outside.