Special Man makes a good chili. No, he makes a great chili. Before I met him, I had no idea that people make chili without beans. On purpose. Just to eat. I mean, I had bought no-bean chili in a can for chili dogs for my kids. But SMF’s chili has all sorts of meat and spice and utter deliciousness. I love it.
Yesterday I texted CC, at the suggestion of a friend in Chicago, who knew I was feeling disconnected and alone, and kind of frustrated. “This is a great chance”, Chicago said, “for you to be vulnerable, and reach out to CC.”
Special Man has been stressed and, as I see and feel it, distant. It’s hard to know what to do, what to say, how to act. It’s especially hard, being the non co-habitating partner. I don’t get to see him, to lay eyes on him, to know that yes, he is distant and withdrawn, but he is okay, and we are okay. I don’t get to hand him a cup of coffee, or squeeze his hand as we pass in the hall, or observe that while he is withdrawn, he is still in there. It’s been a challenging week. I want to give SMF what he needs. But…he wants/needs to withdraw…and since our time together is very limited, if he withdraws, I see it as him disappearing.
And I didn’t handle that as gracefully as I could have/should have/would like to have.
Chicago was right. I texted CC.
::I know SMF is having a hard time, but it won’t last forever, right? You know him best, you see him every day, when he withdraws it’s unsettling for me because he’s just kind of checked out and I don’t know what to do::
::I know, I’m kind of in the middle of that right now, too.:: She texted back.
That was all it took. There was more, but just knowing that she was in it too, helped me to breathe just a little easier. Maybe that’s the beauty of metamours. They are kind of in the middle of it too.
Soon after, I got texts from both her and SMF. Come to dinner, they each said. Come watch a movie. Come have chili and caramel corn.
I don’t know, I said. Everything felt stressed and strained and difficult. I was tired, I was emotional, I was crabby.
But I went. I went because it was important. I went because they reached out to me, I went because I was invited, and I went because I was welcome. I also went because there was chili. (And CC’s caramel corn, which might as well be called caramel crack, for how addicting it is, and I’m not even exaggerating.) We had chili, we watched a dumb movie, and we didn’t talk about anything hard. It was awesome.
It’s funny, because ultimately, I went out of obligation and commitment. I went because they wanted me in their space. I was cranky and I was truly feeling the “solo” part of my solo polyamory. I wasn’t lonely. I was alone. I was separate. But tonight I have leftover chili in my fridge, and the memory of a nothing special Saturday night, where we were all in the same space, and it felt good, and it felt easy.