Yesterday I was not in love. I was decidedly in thorough dislike. This, after being in love the weekend before and also at some point before that. Now, I am back in love. And I’m having a hard time keeping up with it all.
I met someone quite accidentally. Though I realize that’s how most people meet. (Online dating sites aside.) It was an accident because I was really not supposed to meet him. I was supposed to be single for the next year or so and – as the name of this blog promises – learn how to love myself. I have been married for 14 years and am getting divorced. I have a five-year-old daughter. I hadn’t had sex in (gulp) years. I felt (feel) worthless in general and terrified about the future. Really, all I could cling to was this idea that I could be alone and figure out what love means.
And then I met a boy. I started participating in a beach volleyball clinic and he is one of the coaches. He’s not chiseled and dripping sex like one might imagine in this scenario. (Go ahead and imagine that if you want to though. Hell, I might stop for a minute and imagine it.) He chased me up the street after the first practice and asked me if I was going home to take a hot shower. Not in a “I’ll be imagining you naked and wet” sort of way, but more of a “I can’t think of anything else to say and you’re covered in sand” sort of way. I stopped to talk to him and we stood on the corner barefoot and sandy, grinning, with our sunglasses on top of our head as the sun went down behind us.
That was about two months ago. Since then we have been dating. (Is it considered dating if we just watch movies at each other’s houses?) And I’ve run the gamut of emotions, mostly because my very unrealistic expectations for a fling have only been partially met. And by partially I mean, this isn’t so much a fling as it is a full-blown relationship. But the hardest part for me is that we seemed to have skipped the all-important hummingbird phase where we just buzz around each other, wanting to have sex constantly and whisper in each other’s ears about the sex we’re going to have and the sex we just had.
I brought this up stealthily the other night around 2 AM after we had been drinking and he admitted he didn’t have butterflies (or hummingbirds) with me, but something better. He had never been so comfortable with a girl as he was with me. That every time he sees me, he falls deeper for me, his heart grows. (I’d prefer his nether region grow when he sees me.) So, all the while he’s settling in to spooning while we watch Marvel comic book movies, I’m back and forth with frustration, then lust when he decides to take off my pants during said Marvel comic book movie, then back to frustration when he doesn’t want to do a play-by-play of the sex, complimenting my every gesture and impactful groan.
Of all the things I would want a guy to feel for me, this is not one of them. I feel hurt and angry that he doesn’t buzz into a hard-on when I walk into the room. The sex is great, don’t get me wrong. (But after five years, honestly, it could be super average and I wouldn’t know the difference.) And he’s into me in the moment, but… I want that impossible vibrating in your belly that makes you high and then angry later when it fades and you want it back. I want the roller coaster, the obsessing, the jealousy, the “that ass belongs to me” …