August 10th is a hard day for me. I wrote a very long very rambling blog about this anniversary last year. It was the day my ex-husband and I got married, and the day my father died (different years). My father died on my 10 year wedding anniversary. And a year later my ex-husband and I opened our marriage a couple of days after our anniversary. And a year after that we were separated. And a year after that we were divorced. And this year, well.. it’s been a while.
It took a long long long time, but I finally accepted I’ll never really understand what happened with my ex-husband and me. And it’s been a couple of years longer than that with the loss of my father and I accepted I’ll never fully understand that either. Thinking about both of them isn’t the white hot poker of pain it once was. I suppose my active mourning is over and I’ve moved on. But some associations are so huge they’ll never be erased, and so.. August 10th.
For some reason this week I was thinking of the little things I miss about my ex-husband. I’ll just say that I’ve been nostalgic and not bore you with a list. I had this vivid memory though, a time I’d nearly forgotten.
He and I took a walk in our neighborhood. We were just wandering around at night like I like to do. I still do this sometimes, get driven out of my house in the dark to wander. I’ve done it my whole life. We were walking in salt lake Hawaii, a million years ago, some time in 2000. We walked into a park and played on the swings and the slide and the jungle gym. We crawled up into this kid’s play thing with the bridge and the rope net and laid on our backs looking at the sky and talking. It was late and we were just talking and talking and talking. We knew it was something like 2am, and we were both in the military and knew we had to get to work at 530am or so, but we just weren’t ready to stop talking or to head home. I had this moment where I knew laying there with him that I’d love him forever. He was talking about something with his job and telling me his reaction to things and it was about how he wanted to do good and how someone kept getting in the way of this task, and how small it made him feel, to struggle like that at work with someone. He wasn’t thinking about what he was saying to me. He was just so unguarded. He talked about his fear in the situation and I remember seeing him then as he must have been as a boy. I saw right down into his marrow. I loved every drop of goodness in him and I teared up with love for him, thanking the stars it was dark so I wouldn’t break the spell.
We ended up kissing and talking and petting each other until just before dawn. And we made love on that jungle gym with wild abandon. We forgot where we were and paid no attention to anything but each other, fucking long and hard and fast and slow, completely naked on a playground in a big empty park. We kissed and kissed, sharing breath with each other, looked into each other, got lost in each other. I could not breathe but I could not stop kissing him and I could not stop moving with him. When we both came he was still hard for a long time, and I rode him again, slowly, with our eyes locked together. He couldn’t come again that fast and I didn’t care about an orgasm for myself either. We just wanted to keep the spell. We stopped after a bit because it was getting light. We dressed in the chill damp morning light, giggling at ourselves staying up all night talking and fucking in a park. I didn’t shower for work that day. I wanted to smell like him. God that was a long time ago. It was a whole other universe ago. After the divorce I dug up the letter he wrote me that morning. I had forgotten all about it.
In the letter he’d talked about the night we’d just had, and told me that he knew on the jungle gym, when we were talking and before the sexy stuff, that he would love me forever. It was about the time I’d known that about him too.
And it’s true. I think I’ll love him until the day I die, and not being with him and not having contact with him and being divorced from him doesn’t change that a whit. I think we were right. I know I’ll love him forever. And I hope his new life makes him happy, and I hope he is surrounded by love and life and happiness. I hope he lives a long long time and is always well loved.
There is a selfish part of me that hopes that someday he will remember me with fondness too.
But even if he doesn’t, I have to thank him from afar for all that we were. I’ve said this a lot. All relationships were meant to be. They just weren’t all meant to be forever. Maybe things ended because they needed to. Maybe it was just our time. As much as it hurt and as hard as it was, I think we are both okay. I think maybe we are even both happy. I probably would have stayed with him forever if I could have and I don’t honestly know that that would have been the right thing for us. Maybe it doesn’t really matter.
I’ll just love him.