The Life & Times of a 54 Year Old Online Dater

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What Not To Do The Day Before Valentine’s Day February 13, 2015

Filed under: dating,I suck,internet dating,online dating,single,TD — Grey Goose, Dirty @ 5:20 pm

How did I spend my Friday, you ask?  Oh, you didn’t?  Well too bad, I’m going to tell you anyways.  I made the rounds of old boyfriends and old, whatever the hell TD was categorized as.  Not my most brilliant move.  Didn’t even really occur to me today what I was doing until I found myself, sitting on my bed and staring at the ceiling feeling uber sorry for myself.

I went to see ex bf #1 for very valid reasons.  We are friends.  He was very sweet to me during the recovery from my horrendous surgery last year.  He watches my dogs for me.  I watch his.  We haven’t dated for probably 7 or 8 years, but we’re still in contact and that’s a-ok with his new live in love.  They are very happy together and I’m happy (ish) for them.  I went over today to check on him as he just went through something pretty difficult.  We chatted a bit, I dropped off some food for him.  He gave me some supplies for my dogs and that was that.  He’s on his way to happily ever after and I’m on my way to………..i don’t know. 😦

Next stop was to take TD’s kids’ Valentine’s Day presents.  Yes, I know, they’re too old for that, but it makes me happy to do it, so I do.  As TD had already announced that he was headed to Vegas today, I assumed he had already left when his son told me to come over any time before 3pm today.  So I did.  And I walked up and rang the front doorbell.  A seemingly innocuous thing, but something I haven’t done in over a year.  I usually wait in my car, on the curb, for the kids and text them to come out.  I don’t want to make TD feel uncomfortable (or myself), so I just never get out of my car.  Anyway, his son his son’s girlfriend greeted me and told me to come in as no one was home (TD or ‘her’) and so I did.  We sat in the kitchen and chatted, I looked at a calendar that TD’s daughter had ordered for him full of pictures from last year.  Sorry, full of pictures of he and ‘her’ from last year.  Yeah, that kinda hurt.  Anyway, as I was leaving I saw a suitcase in the hallway and asked what it was doing there.  Apparently TD hadn’t left for Vegas yet after all, but most likely went screaming out the door when he heard I was coming over.  I immediately felt totally uncomfortable and said I needed to go as I had assumed (yes, well aware of what they say about assuming and yes, I felt like a huge ass) TD was already gone.

Driving home it made me sad to realize that TD does that every time I’m coming to the house.  Even though I never get out of the car, he makes a point to not be there.  Whether he does that for his sake or mine, I don’t know.  Makes me feel like shit though.  I go out of my way to steer clear and not cause waves, yet I always seem to be accused of causing waves.  Anywhoo, as I was driving home, I imagined TD coming home and getting pissed that I was inside the house.  In order to try to avoid a nastygram coming my way (or at least that’s what I told myself), I sent a quick text saying that I was sorry I missed him at the house and to have a great weekend in Vegas.  To which I got no response.  Go figure.

So basically, as I was laying in bed staring at the ceiling and bemoaning my single status, I had to face the hard fact of the matter that despite all the mean hearted things he’s said to me over the past year (2 really), I still have some pretty big issues regarding him.  As in, I might want him back.  Not that I ever had him, mind you, but I want to try.  Again.  Feel free to virtually bitch slap me for just posting that.

Disclaimer: I know that although I may want to ‘see’ again, I’m not stupid enough to think that he does.  Despite it all though, I’m pretty damn sure that if both ‘she’ and I were trapped in a burning building and he could only save one of us, it would be me.  Just another delusion to add to the pile…….. I will continue to try and navigate the uber defeatest world of online dating and really try to figure out if it’s him that I really want back, or that I just want someone.  Not ‘anyone’, mind you, but ‘someone’.  Someone damn special……..

Don’t you just love when I get all introspective and pathetic?


4 Responses to “What Not To Do The Day Before Valentine’s Day”

  1. Kysandra Says:

    Not to be mean…but isn’t it about time you detach yourself from TD’s kids? It does come off as an attempt to still remain connected to him somehow…

    • Thanks for the comment. To be clear, the only reason I had things for his kids Friday was because his son had suggested we do dinner on Thursday. When those plans fell thru, i had already gotten them stuff for V-Day. When TD & I went to shit, he is the one that urged me to stay close to the kids and I did. His kids are 25, 19 and 18. Aside from the painting classes, it is them contacting me to get together, not the other way around. I will never deter the kids from reaching out to me, though, so not sure how I would even go about detaching from them. To be honest though, I don’t want to and have left it up to them. As they are the ones choosing to see me, I see nothing wrong with it. As hard as it is to believe, my relationship with TD’s kids has nothing to do with him. They are amazing in their own right….

      • Matthew Says:

        I agree with your comments/statement here GG – in regards to your communication with TD’s kids; particularly considering their ages and essentially being adults.

        If they were still highly dependent on TD, and young, like anywhere between 2 and 16/17…then there would probably be some genuine concern over the continued contact – but since that isn’t the case (and they more frequently reach out to you first) I personally see no issue.

        • Thanks Matthew! Good to *see* you. I’ve gone back and forth about the whole kid situation and I agree, if they were younger, it would be a different story, but they are pretty much adults and TD’s main issue with it is that ‘she’ doesn’t like it, therefore he now doesn’t like it (as he’ll do anything to avoid conflict with her by creating conflict with me – makes sense, right?) 😉 Hope all is well with you and yours, my friend!

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