In My First Post-Divorce Breakup, Part 1, I told you about the brownies that made me sure I had to break things off with Jason.
As promised, here is Part 2 of the story on my first breakup since my divorce.
The weekend of my half marathon, I made up my mind. I just had to end things with Jason. He was WAY too attached plus I knew I would never be able to date him for realsies. Fun as he is to hang out with and as super fun as he is in the sack, we didn’t connect in our interests or goals. And, again, I just am not keen on a relationship right now.
Planning the breakup
My first plan: Sunday night, I would see him and just do it. It’s not ideal but he can come over to my place in the evening.
The plan buster: I was still exhausted from my race and he had to work late (plus he was in a weird mood), so we didn’t end up seeing each other.
My second plan: Monday night, I would go to apartment after his work and tell him.
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dump the guy!
(There’s a cruel irony that I’d always hoped that Max would send me flowers and he never did. Then I finally get flowers and I don’t want them!)
Obviously I could not dump Jason that day.
My third plan: Wednesday night, I would go to his apartment after work and tell him. (Yes, this is the same as the second plan. I’m not that experienced at this stuff.) I texted him, “Can I see you tonight” and he responded, “Aww babe it’s the little stuff you say that makes me love you so much!” [He would later comment how stupid this exchange made him feel in hindsight.]
I was in trouble.
I drove over to his apartment. Throughout the 20 minute drive, I repeated, “Do not wimp out.”
Kat’s Breakup Background: Before Max and I got together on my 25th birthday in 2005, I only kind of dated two guys before that. Prior to Max, my last “boyfriend” by title was the guy I lost my virginity to in 1998. I actually have remarkably little relationship – and therefore breakup – experience. And I had never broken it off with a guy when he was still smitten.
Outside Jason’s apartment, we sat on the driveway. He was smoking a bowl (and no, I wasn’t – need to think straight in this moment), which he followed up with a Marlboro Menthol. Cigarettes are the 647th reason why Jason would never be my boyfriend.
(P.S. Who the hell smokes menthols?!)
Anyway, he says to me, with that warm smile that melts me, “So, Kat, like, where are we?”
Damn, I guess I gotta do this right now?! I hung my head and said, “I’m sorry, but I’m just not where you are."
He starts chattering about how it’s okay, I’m worth waiting for, and when I’m ready we can – get this – “Reveal to the world how perfect we are together.”
Yeah, this was not going to be easy. (And “perfect”? Really?!)
I shook my head. “No, I’m not going to get there. We’re just so… different.”
That’s the moment when the smile faded and the twinkle in his eye for me disappeared. (Seriously, how does he get a twinkle? Impressive.)
“Oh. I see. Well. Fuck, dude, I didn’t see this coming,” Jason responded.
The next 3-5 minutes are a blur. I start crying a little, babbling that I was sorry. He goes inside. I follow. I try to hug him goodbye. Jason sort of allows it then coldly says, “You need to leave.”
So I did.
The Barrage of Texts Begin
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Dear readers, you got a shoutout during his emotional breakdown. He texted, "This is going to make a hell of a blog post. Your readers will be intrigued." I hope you are!
Friday he resorted to “I can’t do anything how could you do this to us” type messages. I said “I’m so sorry you’re hurting” then stopped responding.
Saturday, I got one text, “I just hope by the time you realize you made a mistake it won’t be too late.” I didn't respond at all. Too lame and overdramatic for me to bother!
Sunday, the texts took a turn into, “I don’t need the relationship label can’t we just be together I can’t believe I screwed this up with relationship stuff.” I responded to those because they seemed more reasonable. Ultimately, I said that it was normal and healthy to want a relationship and that he should be with a girl who would happily say I Love You back. And my answer was no, I cannot be with him anymore.
He responded “Fine. Dude I don’t understand what’s going on. Bye.”
I thought this was the end...
Then three days ago he texted me:
“Well let me know if you ever miss the sex enough.”
Oh god. He mentioned the Incredible Sex for the first time. My weakness! It was like wafting a plate of nachos under a bride’s nose a week before her wedding.
Find out how I responded in Part 3, which will be the last in this First Breakup series!