The last couple of weeks have seen some real highs and lows, but overall things seem to be evening out. I wouldn’t have seen that coming a little over a week ago, though; I thought Honeywine and I were quits, done, finiti, etc.
Long story there, encompassing nearly a week of migraine headaches and witnessing Indy almost hit by a truck for her, but the upshot was her telling me, ‘I’m leaving you,’ and placing her ring, along with her bank card and a note, on the counter in the kitchen. It hadn’t helped that when she informed me of this, I’d told her that I’d been thinking about it the night before (we’d quareled over something) and maybe it was a better idea. I didn’t say that to hurt her; it just came out because I’d started to feel as trapped as she obviously did and couldn’t see a better way out.
At any rate, I took the kids on out for a day of fishing, bowling, and a little time at the library (it kept me occupied as much as it did them) before coming home to find that envelope on the kitchen counter. The note inside asked me to call her Mom’s number before doing or thinking anything hasty, so I did. We talked for a little while, and eventually agreed for me to bring the kids over to her Mom’s place the next day and to see the counselor the day after that before making any rash decisions. But there was still some little bug nagging me…
I made a tactical error then, though usually it wouldn’t have been; I called my Dad. Dad’s a very smart man and has been through a lot, but that’s the problem, really. He’s been through the relationship-wringer worse than I have and so sometimes reads the worst into things. The other problem is that I came into the conversation with some preconceptions, based both on my past relationship and my perception of his; in other words (technical terms) we’re both damaged goods and a little screwed in the head where such things are concerned.
What ensued was me telling him about the whole altercation and my continued reservations about things, largely based on the experiences I’d seen him go through with his second wife (my brother’s mom and still a second mom to me); two good people who just weren’t good together and who’d spent seventeen miserable years figuring that out. I was afraid that I was falling into the same trap and things went from there.
In hindsight, Dad didn’t PUT any thoughts in my head with that conversation, he just reinforced some of my fears with his own experiences and suggested that if I was feeling so tentative about everything, maybe she and I had had the right idea; maybe we should put the brakes on things, at least for a while.
Again, I think I read too much into this, and, coming from one of the few people I still think of as an authority figure, acted immediately. I called Honeywine up and told her, out of the blue and in a pretty deadpan tone, that I thought bringing the kids over the next day wasn’t really a good idea, that I didn’t see the point in continuing the counseling, and that I thought it was best if we just call it and be done.
She was nonplussed to say the least; ‘Where the hell had that come from?’, she told me later. We talked a little more, and eventually she decided to go ahead and drive over that night to talk (it was after midnight already); I agreed, though at the time I really thought, ‘What’s the point?’
Once she got there, we talked outside for a few minutes, not really getting anywhere, and eventually she went back to her Mom’s house. The next morning, though, I found myself feeling, well, empty, for lack of a better word, and a little bitter, maybe. I really couldn’t believe that that was just it; we’d gotten just about as close as I can imagine two human beings getting over the last 9 months, gone through everything but the paperwork in a wedding, and this was how it was going to end?
I couldn’t let it go at that, so I called her Mom’s place and talked to her. I arranged to go ahead and come out with the little girls (the teenagers inevitably get bored if there aren’t a plethora of ‘teenaged’ distractions for them) before Mull came to pick everybody up at 5 PM; they enjoy going out there to visit with Grandma, Uncle Dave, Uncle Will, and Aunt Tina, not to mention The Dog.
We had a good visit; everyone else kept the little ones amused while Honeywine and I took The Dog for a walk up the road and talked for a while. I don’t remember the specifics of what was said (damn short-term memory loss!), but we ironed some things out and agreed to give Dr. Mark a chance to help us figure out some of the others.
I went ahead and took the little ones back to the house then, arriving just in time to get them ready and get their stuff together before Mull came to pick them up. That went off uneventfully (never a sure thing where Mull’s concerned) and a couple of hours later Honeywine came back out, Dave chaufering so that he could bring the car back.
The next day, we went to our scheduled appointment with Dr. Mark, and just about blew his mind, I think. We talked out the whole thing, and received some more homework, and overall I think it was a productive session. He re-emphasized the whole not living in each other’s back pocket thing, and acknowledged that our personality types (both boderline type a’s, though from different angles) were probably causing a lot of our problems. The main message I took was that things aren’t going to be solved overnight, and that we simply have to have some patience and give each other some space. Yeah, I know, that sounds kinda’ formulaic and 60’s-ish, but if it works, it works and I’ve always been a big fan of what works!