Telling me that you’re divorced but neglecting to mention the girlfriend you just adopted a puppy with over Christmas is not going to get you a first date… with me anyway.
So, I got on the metro this morning and ran into a guy I met for coffee a couple months ago… who told me at the time that he was not married…
Guess who was wearing a wedding band this morning…
Hint: Not me… 😂
I mean, I guess he could have gotten married in the last couple months, but my experiences with men this past year tells me he was probably married and cheating or he would have, AT LEAST, not lied about his relationship status to me…
And you wonder why I’ll never marry?!?
My whole life has been placed into boxes. Not necessarily by me… or by ONLY me… but neat little “can’t stray from the norm, don’t let them see you not be the pretty princess” boxes.
But I’m not a pretty princess.
I never have been.
I’m a “fucking drop dead gorgeous when I want to be and still stunning in my own beautiful way even when I’m not trying to be” woman, but I’ve never been a pretty princess… not to anyone except my father that is.
And I’ve definitely never fit into anyone’s neat and tidy little boxes. Ever. I’m a mess. Completely. I always have been.
I embrace it most of the time. But I didn’t always.
Over the last few years, mostly because I’m trying to figure out what kind of mom I want to be, I’ve started unpacking those boxes… oh who am I kidding… I started throwing that shit out of those boxes left and right. All over the fucking place.
Some of you know this because you’ve been here… Lol
Anyway, things have settled down mostly… kind of… as much as they can when you have an active 6 year old… so now I’m “unpacking” one last box… My relationship box.
Over the last three months I’ve opened my mind a bit more and have allowed my relationships to become what they would become naturally, instead of trying to force them into these neat and tidy little boxes… and I have some amazing people in my life right now. They all fulfill a certain need I have whether it’s my geeky boyfriend who takes me to see Wonder Woman or my music buff FWB who listens to Dave Matthews under the stars with me. But none of them have to give more than they want to give me. And, of course, they all know about each other… or that there are others anyway.
I expect nothing and gain everything.
… a term I’ve heard that’s been used to describe me.
I have no concept of my own looks in the eyes of others although I do find beauty when I look in the mirror. My only long term girlfriend once looked at me and said “You have no idea how beautiful you are, do you?” And, she was probably just in love, but she was also right. I have no clue.
Guys never called me beautiful. I was cute… or, omg, fuck-able.
Because that’s what a girl wants to hear, right?!?!
Anyway, I know I’m fuck-able. And cute. And innately beautiful in a non-barbie kind of way. And… incredibly smart, too.
Well, about some things. I ran over my bare foot with the weed whacker two weeks ago. And my finger tips are smooth from all the dishes I’ve grabbed out of the oven with out mitts.
There’s a reason I’m crazy. Especially about relationships. I watched the only man who has ever really loved me, die suddenly.
It’s traumatic to say the least, and maybe it doesn’t excuse the callous way I treat men but the pain is truly unbearable. I’ve never gotten over it.
Maybe I never will.
I know now that I start throwing bricks on my figurative wall as soon as I start liking a guy. And then the first time they screw up, even if it’s something really trivial and stupid, I start flinging those bricks up on that wall as fast as my 44 year old arms will go.
And I intuitively know exactly what will drive that romantic relationship into the dust, and I do it.
I can’t stop it once it starts.
It’s an unending panic attack until I either pass out from exhaustion or we somehow work it out. But if we work it out, it usually just starts the vicious cycle over again.
There’s always at least one listing in my phone…