What do I do now? I kinda wish that I had been writing two falls ago when I knew that I had a shelf life with my ex, but the analogy is so poor because I only got caught up in wanting us to work for about three-months and then I spent an inordinately long time realizing that we never would and that really she just wanted to control me by having me far, far away from everything that I knew. This situation is totally different, because not only am I completely in love and respect her, but she doesn’t want to control me, she just wants a life for herself and her son that is predictable and that she knows. I get that, because I want to do that too. I also know what my life is like where I live and now with it currently getting so much warmer, and I will soon be having some time off, it means that I can be outside within seconds.
I don’t like being in the car. In fact, I hate it. I used to live rural when I was in school and when I had rotations for school in other towns, I would put 600-miles on my car within a week and my back would be completely compressed all night. It’s 90-miles a day just from her house to my building. My current route is 16 total (roundtrip). Anyone with kids will tell you that this amount of driving also takes you away from your kids that long too. Unfair to my son who sees me within minutes when he needs me, and also puts a brand-new dynamic on our mother-son relationship.
I called one of my good friends who I see monthly for dinner at my house. She gets along with my son so well too and is great with kids. She popped over and had dinner with me and we all took a walk. She told me that if I moved because she works really far south, she could see me three times a year meeting at a mid-point. This example is just one of many, because my friends are very busy with their lives and children, etc., so it would take really concerted effort to get together. I wouldn’t see some of the people who pull me out of my head at intervals and who I share meals with frequently.
Then, there is the matter of my parents and my son’s Dad not being able to do much with him without careful planning. Blood matters. It just does, and they should be able to get to him within 20-30 minutes. It is really picking up my whole life and moving it; although, it’s the same state.
The main difference about this move and the one I considered for a second is that she already has a gig and people with whom she feels connected, and a entire outdoor routine up there. I have built the latter for the cold months this year, and will continue to expand my repertoire for outdoor stuff where I am. I get a bit down when it’s cold, and that is sad, because honestly, it is never really cold here.
When I was considering moving, I realized that I could not be outside as much as I liked where my ex lived. That really didn’t matter much to her, because she was not healthy in general. My ex did not have a circle of friends yet where she was and was willing to try another town so we could build something. I’m not saying that I miss the drunk, I’m just saying that we could have built some new things together in a new location for us both.
I realized that she doesn’t give up anything at all if I move. I give up a lot. I also am giving up tons with a woman who really does have a laundry list of complaints about me; although, I do know that she is in love with me. I’m looking for less rigidity and some celebration of me and what I offer. I think that we will probably have to redefine and it may be soon. I know that she told me to take the next 6-months so I can fall in love with where she lives, but honestly, in addition to liking how close everything is where I live and all of the opportunities that I have to expose my son to such as diversity, classes, and other learning opportunities without the commute, I also don’t want to be in my car 90-miles a day for half the year and miss my friends all the time. It’s a recipe for later resentment for a woman who really doesn’t want to shake things up for herself. She knows what she wants. I feel like an add-on again, and I definitely felt that two-years ago. I want a girl to choose me and build something that WE decide.
Honestly, I can’t really exit until it is inevitable, because I love our intimacy. Obviously, I don’t have any band width to date because it’s like entering into something with a cheater. I think of her all of the time. I guess she was right to lead with us having an expiry date, and the aftermath of what our redefinition will look like is going to be painful. I’m not anxious for it to start, honestly.