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Texting Goodbye

30 Apr


“I had a talk with BD today. I agreed to try two months of therapy together. I don’t know if it’ll do any good but I’m giving it a chance. I remember you said that there are no good or bad decisions, only the choices we make and life that follows. I wanted to say thank you for coming into my life at such a meaningful time, and teaching me to be open and trusting again, and reminding me just how happy I could be. Maybe we’ll meet again some day, but in the meantime I’m going to try hard not to call or text, so I can really figure out where things are going, even though I know it’ll be hard. I also just had to tell you that Baby finally figured out how to put the round peg in that bucket you got him. What a clever boy. Goodbye Skating Guy.”

“Remember that therapy is just the beginning and you will have to do all the really hard work on your own. Be strong and eat lots of tomatoes. Only you are in charge of your happiness. In every situation you can choose to be sad or to see the opportunity that the situation brings, and there is always an opportunity. If you look back at your life, you’ll see that everything that happened to you brought new opportunities along with it. You are stronger now, smarter, more beautiful, more aware. Happier. You have a wonderful, clever, happy boy. He’s a reflection of you. You’re a wonderful mother and I learned so much from you. Thank you. Goodbye Sweet.”


Butterflies and Dirty Habits

6 Feb


Allowing myself to feel again is not easy. On Sunday, Skating Guy and I went to a movie. We saw Hitchcock, which was eerie and terrific, with Anthony Hopkins outdoing himself, and Scarlet Johansson being her regular admirable self.

That morning had been so rough on me, that I was very close to cancelling the date altogether. It seemed wrong, suddenly, or rather – wronger – to be out with another man, while I was still technically married, in the process of separation. But as we sat in the darkness of the theater, absorbed in the film, though slightly distracted by each other’s presence, my hand was in his and our fingers were playing around, holding, touching, tickling one another, like each of our hands had a life of its own, a background story and a personality, and together they completed one another. And I felt happier than I’d been in a while. I felt optimistic.

It was a rush. It was butterflies and sparks and all that stuff you yearn for when you’re 16, and sober up from when you grow up and realize that a serious relationship is much more stable and predictable than all of that. I’d truly forgotten about the butterflies. How comforting it is to know that they exist!

So here we are. And what do we have before us? A thing. This is definitely becoming a thing. I’m not quite sure what kind of thing exactly. But it’s a thing, an easy thing, a thrilling thing, a thing which brings some good old fashioned light hearted fun into my complicated present.

Unfortunately however, along with the light-hearted uncomplicatedness, comes also my dirty habit of overanalyzing everything, and constantly searching for clues that can account for my insecurities, proof that all of this wonderfulness is somehow faulty, that I’m not worthy of it, or that he’s an asshole like all men apparently are. A text message lacking punctuation and emoticons, becomes a sign that he is tired and has had enough of me. The same goes for a message that is not instantly answered. And it makes me realize how shitty text messages are, and how I hate that I obsess over them, how bad it is for my mental health to be as attached to my phone as I am, to check my messages and emails and refresh my Facebook page more often than I smile, or glance out the window, or take a deep breath.

But I’m optimistic still. I think there is a learning curve for everything, and I am a diligent student. I’m learning what it is to let go of the past and to welcome the future. Scratch that. I’m learning to welcome the present. And this is, perhaps, another lesson. I’m learning to enjoy the present, which I’ve always tended to discredit.

Skating Guy is here now. He wants to take me to the opera, and cook for me, and tell me that I’m special. And I’m going to let him. Even if it ends tomorrow, even if he disappoints me, or I disappoint myself, it’s not all about tomorrow. Today counts for something, doesn’t it?