I wonder if anyone truly keeps a relationship together. I know one happy married couple, and they moved from here with their one son in 2008, and they have since had one more, so my boy and I lost some wonderful playdate potential when that occurred. They still seem happy given posts on a social networking site, but I don’t really know because the days of our walks around the park and then coming home and watching our boys play until her partner got off work in the summer are over because they have been gone 4-years. I knew another happily wed dyad, but they were in mediation last Thursday. She fell out of love with him and he is behaving really badly now and has decided to sleep with her former best friend. Their divorce will probably finalize before 2012 is gone.
I could have remained in that state of unhappiness. We were not intimate and we were either silent or we argued, and this pattern lasted about 4 or 5-years, I believe. Two separations and the final one was permanent in 2007. That’s not what I’m looking for though, and I’d rather have some lasting connection that also includes sex.
She told me that we could talk f2f. Having been angry with me because I don’t contact her much, she had left me a why bother VM while I was cleaning up on Sunday. I had taken a quick 15-mile bike ride to warm up my body and then got back before church and jumped in the shower. So, we talked for a sec when I called her back, and I said that I would call her in the evening and asked what would be a good time. She told me that she couldn’t say and just to call her, but she wound up calling me when I left my kickball game early. We made plans to see each other by meeting in between.
About two-and-half-hours later she cancelled because she said that we didn’t have a toolbox for seeing each other and that nothing has changed. It hurt. In fact, I’ve been crying off and on at intervals anyway, because that’s what I do now, and that is hurt. I found out later that she was worried that we would have sex in her car, and doesn’t want that element. I definitely gathered the latter on Memorial Day weekend. I don’t even fully enjoy social stuff and would rather either be alone or talking with my son. One of my best friends took me out, and then we went back to her house too on Sunday. She is cooking dinner for my son and I tonight, but I’m so weary of this dance after nearly 5-years. I’m ready to cook and be cooked for and live with a girl. Joan Osborne says, “And you ask me to convince you that you won’t blow away.” That’s a tall order… Maintaining love and connection.
I think that keeping a relationship together requires honest and open conversations that probably should occur a couple times a week. What I’ve noted is that I piss a girl off, and she tells me about it later after I’ve already fucked more things up. With the drunk, we didn’t really fight, because we were quickly stagnant. We didn’t really have any passion. I do understand that passion comes with a price, because you will fight like that too, but I’m looking for the ability to move through conflict and to just say, “Let’s do our best to stay together in this rather wild world.”