So a thing happened about which I have emotions. I have been cut loose. Well. Not really. I have been told that the walls around Rappaccini’s garden are not locked. The poison is not so very poisonous. We are all free to come and go as we please, but ideally, we will just stay right as we are, happy as the pearl in the clam. Benefitting from the friendship.
I don’t know how I feel save that I know that I feel a bellowing, echoing, stentorian vibration in the deep unknowable fathoms of my soul. A bit of an how dare you feel so free and easy? It’s not free and easy for either of us, not in truth, but I suppose what I am sad about…what I am able to reckon with being sad about right now, is that it felt like he felt he could just offer me this gift. He could just back away from the past two years. like an inconsequential sandwich at a forgettable lunch on some innocuous afternoon. It was just logical. There was no welling of the soul, no choked back tears, no fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck.
Knowing him, as I do now, if I am fair and not speaking out of the pained parts of me, of course there is an intense sadness for him. But in that moment, the control, the adult demeanor, it’s important to be reasonable and honest and logical and therefore, it’s all up to me to determine the fate of everything was just depressing and frustrating. What I want is what we will have. He doesn’t want me to have regrets about it all. It’s almost a dare…in its way, looking back, it’s this almost bravely, absurdly brazen, request to just knock me off this perch. To stop being the person of general kindness he’s known me to be and just cast him aside with a HA HA HA. That’s the frog to swallow. And if it’s not that, if it’s fine. It’s just fine. Life is beautiful if I’m not the devil. Like waiting to take a punch and if I’m the pacifist, well, then, what a strangely perfect tension we get to sit in.
I guess, I guess… I’m proud in that moment for saying hey, of course, I don’t want to send you flying off the top of the tower to your doom and tell you I’m no longer speaking to you, let’s not be silly, but I do need to know if we meet other people, that’s…that might happen, what does that mean? And then, he said, well, I would never want to be in the way of your happiness. So Spockian. So ordered. So straightforward and unmoved as if I’d asked him the time of day on a street corner. I said I don’t…I’m not…it just could happen and I don’t want us to be surprised. He says, no, if there’s any…prospects, just let me know. I said there wasn’t. If there was, I would tell him. And he should tell me. And I flashback to the boots through the thin crackling ice sort of heartbreaks I’ve have had in the past – places where I thought I was safe and cared for and special and turned out to just be a placeholder for some other, better person. And then, the subject is forcibly changed.
So I have my answer. I am free and unrestrained to find somebody here as my therapist believes I want. Impossible. I’m terrible and full of panic and weight and shit that never gets off the ground. What do I want? I understand my own hypocrisy here. I understand I want to be free while I want him to beg. Beg? No, just fight for it a bit. Just offer something to it? Just fan the embers slightly? I understand it’s unfair. I understand we had to have the conversation. I understand, but I don’t get it at all.