I’ve been seeing a man for a few months now, and the time we spend together has been very…well, let’s just say wonderful. After ten years of nothing, it was wonderful. From the start we discussed the fact that he is contemplating moving out of state in a year, has been looking forward to being alone once his daughter leaves for college, isn’t interested in a full-out relationship until he’s had some time to be not-a-full-time-single-dad…all that has been discussed, and I thought it was clear that whatever we were doing would progress slowly, and just enjoy each other for the time we have right now. We’re friends. With benefits.
So a few weeks ago he goes on vacation to Arizona to see if he really wants to move back there or not. He doesn’t call when he gets back…I don’t call for almost a week, giving him time to get caught up at work, etc. Then I call, get voicemail, leave a “just called to say Hi” message, and wait. Before he’d gone on vacation I had asked him about going to the fireworks, and he said maybe. So the Fourth is approaching, I call two more times and leave messages about the fireworks, because he’s not answering. I don’t call him at work, I only called the cell phone. Finally, on the Fourth, when I still haven’t heard back from him, I leave a message, telling him that “I don’t take hints, I don’t read minds, and if you have something to say to me, say it. I thought we were friends, and this is not how you treat friends”.
Haven’t heard a word.
So tonight, I’m stopping by his place to talk to him. I know, I know, he’s giving me a big huge sign that he’s not interested in talking to me. But I’m tired of putting up with crap like this. I’m tired of men thinking they don’t have to explain their actions. I just want him to tell me, face to face, why he doesn’t want to see me ever again. I’m not just talking about the intimate side, though I’m baffled about why someone who enjoyed that side of it quite a bit doesn’t want to do it again. I’m talking about why he doesn’t even want to say “look, I can’t do this anymore”. He’s always been upfront with me, and he is not a man who shies away from issues.
I just want some clarification. I want to know why he’s more willing to go down in the books as “Doug- Asshole” than “Doug- He Was So Great, Too Bad It Didn’t Work Out”. We hadn’t fought, there were no scenes, I wasn’t being clingy, I’d made no demands on him. I want to know why. Can’t grow and change unless I know where I went wrong.
So I’m going, no matter what you all think, and no matter how much this goes against my usual pattern. But I could use some opinions on whether this type of confrontation has ever produced any satisfactory results. I don’t expect things to go back to the way they were, but I need to know I tried to get the answers.