I had an unusual conversation with A last night. He had taken a “good morning” pic of himself in his bathrobe, and said something like “Good morning sweet Deb” or something, but sent it to the woman who he’s been seeing in Santa Fe by mistake. It was not risque, it’s something he does every day. But, of course, it did not make her happy…..
I felt bad for her, really, and for him. He likes her, and I’m sure it would be hard for her to understand our intimate but non-sexual relationship. I asked him about the other woman up in Michigan, and he said she was off with her “other” boyfriend. He’s thinking he’s not going to try to be monogamous. The woman in Michigan is obviously not, the woman in Santa Fe obviously wants to be, but apparently that picture ended it between them.
I told A I could never NOT be monogamous, I can’t do casual sex. I said, “S would have been happy if I could have done it.” LOL. Personally, I don’t see A as the casual sex type, and in fact, I’m pretty sure if I agreed to have a relationship with him that way, he would be completely faithful to me. I think if he falls in love again, he will be monogamous. I think he’s just craving affection right now, reacting to the fact that I had to shut down the plans to get together over Christmas. I know I broke his tender heart again. I had to be honest. Maybe it was too soon for me, but I think it was just chemistry. I have tried before to feel passion for him, and I sometimes feel it but it never lasts. I want to feel it for someone like I did for S, every day, every moment. I want to be enough for the person I feel like that about, and he will be enough for me.
I don’t want to share, I don’t do it. Don’t want to even know how to do it. S once told me I can change myself so I’m not so jealous. I said, I don’t want to…..I see no benefit in it. S felt every relationship was different, what he had with one person he could never have with another, so he wasn’t sharing. No, except his body. His intimacy. Probably his thoughts and feelings. The things that make a relationship special, and wonderful, to have one person who knows you and cares for you, and has your back.
Nope, not interested in multiple partners.
But the difference between A and S is that A will tell a woman up front, that she is not the only one. He won’t pretend to two women that they are the only ones, and then do what he wants, the way S did. A will give a woman a choice first, if she wants to be with him when he might be with someone else. Neither me or Betty was given that choice, we were taken by deception.
A can stand in his truth and be himself, and own his story. S cannot.
A has never been anything but monogamous. I don’t think this choice will last for him anyway. I think he’s just looking for affection til he finds love.
Interesting, though. To compare A’s telling me this, honestly, and S playing me (and Betty) for the same end. I wish he’d been honest with me. That’s all. So I could have chosen to have done what I did with him, knowing the truth, or chosen not to. But he took my choice away with lies and deception. We cannot even be friends now, the truth would have at least salvaged a friendship. It’s too bad that he chose that road. It’s too bad that he still has not owned it, at least with me.
He will say he has. He said he will pay 5 lifetimes for what he did to me. But that statement is about him….how it affects him. It has nothing to do with acknowledging how it affected me. It is about how he will pay, not about how I already paid the price for loving him so much. He’s sorry because he will have to pay. He’s not sorry that I had to deal with lies and betrayal by someone I completely adored. He can’t feel my pain, he can only feel his own. I would guess he feels his own pain with Betty too, but I doubt that he can feel the real pain that he caused her with is lies and deception too.
I have managed to pick myself up, on my own. To take the hand of the universe, and my friends, and stand back up, dust myself off, bandage and care for my own wounds. S caused utter devastation and walked away from it, uncaring, unfeeling. Truth be told he did that with Betty too. He called her on the phone to tell her, he couldn’t go to her house and face her pain. I told him to go sit with her while she read the hard truths in my letter to her, and face her pain, and deal with it. To let her see him deal with it. But he didn’t. He left her alone, to deal with it by herself, as he did me once the truth came out.
At least he treated us equally.
Any way, my feeling is when you choose not to be monogamous, especially physically, you open the door to pain and hurt. At least, you have to be like A and say it up front, and let someone have free will and choice in whether or not they wish to be with you. I would always choose not to be with someone who was with other women. Always. I should have been given that choice with S.