It is interesting to me that I could feel one of my exes so viscerally last weekend and it didn’t go away–especially since she really is sick. Although I don’t really believe in closure when something ends, I do believe that there is knowledge and some change in one’s self when a stage or journey comes to a close. I ended things with the woman who I spent the better portion of two years with right before my bday when I turned 37 in the fall of 2011. The roughest thing is that I didn’t have a period of transition or silence that I’m taking right now though. I started up with my ex after three weeks, and that didn’t give me the right amount of space. I’m hoping that delaying intimacy will give me more space when I do meet a nice girl or some nice girls. I was only with my ex for about a year and some change, and since she would religiously remind me that I didn’t have enough in common with her and qualities that she was seeking in a long-term partnership, we only were truly together and felt safe with each other for three-months, and she always had a proviso that she would throw up in my face even then, because she didn’t like the tone of ONE of my emails.
So, I probably can’t call her the the woman who I had to email “the drunk” anymore, because she only has one glass of wine at night. I do believe her, but I also am educated enough to know that the triggers for alcohol abuse are multifaceted, and think if she were here, or on vacation that she could not exercise moderation. Seeing her out of control is something that I don’t want to ever do again, but my son misses her and my son is also the love of her life, so she can certainly stay with us this summer and also sleep in the bed in the basement when she makes her trip to the midwest.
She also had a cancer scare. I’d call her Steve McQueen, because she used to remind me of his character in “The Great Escape,” but my recent ex looks too much like him, so I can’t… I can’t come up with anything, because I really know her as just a heavy drinker. Anyway, she is six-states away from me, so I can refer to her as that. Medical professionals sent a piece of her thyroid away to medical testing lab, and they say that they caught it in time and there was no cancer–she got this diagnostic information yesterday, but I think since that she also had a breast biopsy last fall, that it is a matter of time. She eats mostly all highly engineered and refined soy products and rarely cooks, and most of the time, she’d just drink when I knew her. She stopped exercising after she moved here (where I live) within about 3-months as well, and that was back in 2008. She is not the picture of health.
I told her that I had told my shrink last fall that I would be her friend if she was on Step 4 of a recovery program, and now fate has thrown up health issues so she must recover. She didn’t respond to anything that I wrote. Although when she caught me up on her last 18-months, I responded and wrote about each topic and sent words of concern and empathy. She did not respond to any of the details that I gave her about my ex or Peter Pan. She said something flippant. That’s ok, but that is where I realize that my shrink is right, my ex is just scared and gets critical, but is way more of a step toward what I want than the woman who moved six states away from my son and I in 2010. She could either be overwhelmed that my ex was the love of my life, or that I confronted her about her alcoholism. I don’t care, because I made my peace with her. It’s not closure, but is learning and being authentic.
Being at peace is an amazing feeling. I told her that regardless of the choices that she made, I wouldn’t be with her because of her use of alcohol, which is scary. Even if she is recovering, I don’t want that, because it takes a very long time and you must be clean for a good period to not experience recidivism. I wish her health and recovery from what I hope is nothing serious, and also from the abuse of alcohol.
Then there is my ex… It’s so complicated to be in love with someone who you can be with due to bad dynamics. We wouldn’t have to have them either. We could just be and she would not have to get on my case. My shrink says it is fear, but it makes me feel so bad and inadequate. I can’t do that. I just can’t. However, as I’m still on that journey and not at peace, I don’t know what it means. I’ll wait until I understand.