I saw S last night. It was a kind of swan song, I guess, though not so graceful as a swan. We got a take out pizza and took it up to a park and ate it outside, it was nice out, about 70. He had been asking me to talk to me, so I finally relented, having things of my own to ask, and to say.
I wrote a blog last night, and then took it down. I wrote another shorter one, and put it up, but it’s not here this morning, so I don’t know what happened to that one. No big deal. I had just begun to process what happened anyway, and I felt confused, disjointed. I still do, I will for some time.
He says he is not “with” her. That he still does not want some intense loving relationship with anyone. Ok, I can buy that. But he’s spent part of the last two weekends with her, so he obviously would rather be with her than me. I suppose, because I do feel intensely about him. There is nothing about me that is not passionate. The way I loved him, the way I love the ocean, the way I write, the way I feel about anything. She and he don’t talk all week, they never did, he told me that when I met him. He likes that. They would get together on the weekend, for some of the time. I can’t even fathom, a 12 year relationship in which i didn’t communicate with my significant other all week, but got together on the weekend for some semblance of intimacy. I could not even consider it a relationship, to bed someone that I was not involved with 5 days a week, and then suddenly saw on the weekend. It would be like being with a stranger.
He always complained I talked too much. I think he and she occupy the same space at times, but don’t have much to say. He buries his feelings, they are not up for discussion. My feelings…well, my heart is on my sleeve. No one ever has to wonder how i feel. It’s the only way to be connected to the rest of the human race. I know it is the only way to allow love into my life, and creativity, and joy, and trust. I know now that not everyone deserves to hear my story, to have my trust. But still, I will only temper the ease with which I lean into vulnerability, I won’t change it. I think all humans crave connection, I agree with Brene Brown that it is basic to the human psyche.
To fall in love with a man who wished no real connection….well, it was not something I ever considered, that there are people who freely admit they don’t want that deep, rich, full connection with others. In this way, I understand that part of why he is “with” her, or not “with” her, as he says. She wants no connection, nor does he. They are acquaintances, who share some physical intimacy at times, but not really connection, because then they go their separate ways and have no interest in maintaining the tie for the next week. No deepening of it, no reveling in it. Just do it, enjoy it, and go home. It’s a lifestyle I can’t fathom, and can walk away from, and leave it to them.
Personally I think she wanted more, which is why she cheated on him and left him. Perhaps, in practicing disconnect all those year, she was unable to put herself out for someone else, and after the infatuation wore off, she couldn’t connect with her new husband. She also went back to what she was comfortable with. I would expect that she is a lot like S, with walls up to keep people out, and herself walled in. The fact that she could leave him when he was dying, and take all she could from him, is another thing altogether.
I still don’t understand, why he would invite back into his life, someone who did what she did to him. He said he wipes the slate clean, he doesn’t hold a grudge. I said, I don’t hold one with my ex either, I have forgiven him for what he did to me. But would I welcome him, and that, back into my life? No, never. I know what chaos he can cause…I know he hasn’t changed. I know what he would bring. It’s one thing to forgive, it’s quite another to ask to be taken down again by inviting it back in. But it’s not my cross to bear, and I won’t be there to pick up the pieces for him when she does it again.
In the meantime, he has the relationship with which he is comfortable. Physical need fulfilled when he needs it, and not to have to give anything up.
The whole thing makes it much easier to let go. I can love the man, I will always love the time we spent together on my deck, in my bed, driving around on excursions, our funny flirty texts. But knowing that what drives him is an intense desire to be alone, even when he is with someone, just allows me to let go. It is the opposite of what drives me.
I love connection. I love intimacy, emotional, spiritual and physical intimacy. I know there are men out there who love it too. I now look forward to finding one, and putting S into the “someone that I once loved” category. It’s where he wants to be.
He said, “Can we still know each other, can’t I still call you and see how you’re doing in Florida?” I suppose, maybe someday, his voice won’t hurt me, it won’t remind me how I loved a man who wanted no part of it. Maybe someday we can be “friends”. The trouble is I will never be that disconnected. The love I feel for him will always be there between us, even when it’s buried, and I have let a new love into my heart, and built a relationship with someone who wants to reciprocate, I’m not sure I can ever talk to him without remembering.
Right now, I am looking forward to moving on, but I’m not moved on yet. I still feel wrecked, broken, confused, rejected. I had hoped for some tenderness from him last night, I guess that’s why I went, hoping he’d at least own the fact that his actions devastated me. But there was none. There was more him telling me it was my own fault, that he was honest with me. He was….but he knew how I felt, and did nothing to mitigate the pain that what he was doing caused me. I can own the fact that I loved him without limit, knowing he didn’t want to, and didn’t feel the same. But so what, he knew. He spent time with me knowing how I felt. He pulled me back to him in every time I tried to leave. Why he did that I don’t know. It was dishonest. There is something abusive about that, being pulled in, just to fulfill his ego, with no intention. “I don’t want you to dump me” he said to me back then. So, he wanted my adoration, he wanted what I did for him. And he used me, and threw me out.
Last night I realized that I am left by myself to find my way back. He says he has feelings too. And he’s all about what he’s feeling, making sure I understand what they are, but he’s not able to feel empathy for me. Disconnect. Walling oneself in, so no one can get in, and you can’t get out, and the only thing that matters is what you feel. As I can’t comprehend the disconnect he has, he cannot fathom the love I felt.
He watched me cry and shake. He made no move to comfort me. He had no remorse, no empathy. Cold.
It was a little hard to take.
But he is who he is. Like I said, I can much more easily let go. I knew when I met with him, that if nothing else, I would get clarity. And really, that’s all I got. But it’s something. It is positive motion. Pretty soon, I’ll stop writing about him. This blog will anger him I’m sure, but that seems to be all he can feel with me anyway. Anger because I wanted to be with him, anger that I loved him and wanted him to love me back. Anger that I wasn’t satisfied with the non-loving relationship he’s been trying to push on me for 6 months now. Anger that I can write so openly about him and I. Don’t worry S, no one will ever know who you are. She walked back into his life, and he could suddenly have that disconnected, shallow relationship that he wants, where he doesn’t have to give anything of himself. Oh, maybe money, maybe things, but not anything of himself.
It was me who finally said, “We really don’t have anything to talk about” and got up to walk to the car. There was no hug and kiss goodbye, there was nothing said. I gave him the pizza I’d bought, that i didn’t eat one piece of. We just each got in our car, and drove home, knowing that there really was no way back.
Disconnected. Over. Done.
Onward, as Liz Gilbert says. Onward.
Add-on: I just remembered, when I talked to him on that fateful Saturday, when he told me he was going to be with her, I asked him if she knew that he texted me at 4 am, that he asked for pictures of me the night before. He said, no. I said “well tell her, she deserves to know the truth. ” When he objected, I said, you tell her, or I will do everything in my power to tell her myself.” At that, he got furious, and threatened me, enough so that I screen-shot the text, for my own protection. So, that he’s not “with” her seems to be her doing, not his. He clearly thought he was “with” her when he spoke to me that morning, and didn’t want any interference of the truth to change it. And now he rewrites history.