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TEXT Tone Equals EX and Alone. How to Dodge MR WRONG

My EX was too good to be true. It took a few months before things started to sour. He had a relationship with his baby-mama that consisted of morning to night text fights.

At first I tried to be cool about it. I blamed her. They had to text because it was about their “kid”… right? WRONG, it’s one of those red flags that are endearing somehow at first (him fighting for his kid!) and then become the worst thing ever. My mistake was blaming her. If my EX were a good guy he wouldn’t be fighting using petty angry texts. Especially when a kid is involved. This takes energy away from the kid.

I took initiative and got him a lawyer and dove into the mess thinking I was helping. And maybe I was but at what cost? Once she texted less he started fights with me VIA text. He’d be bored at work and pick a fight over something stupid or small. Next thing you have texts like “that’s your job I do everything” and it goes quickly downhill to “you’re a dick” and “why do you act like a child?” in person we would talk about what happened and be fine. I started saying “you can only send love texts babe” but as he explained to me he’s a “busy” guy and that’s not practical. Apparently I knew that before I moved in with him. And this brings to light that our relationship revolves around what’s good for him and not for us.

I started noticing when I was triggered by a text and became aware enough to stop calling names and stop the negativity on my end. I asked him to do the same. The outcome was the end of our relationship. He couldn’t do it. He had been texting the meanest insults to his baby-mama for so many years he was uncomfortable “not” being in a texty fight everyday.

I became confused because I started looking forward to him fighting with his baby-mama. Realistically though he shouldn’t have given her that power over our relationship by responding to her. The icing on the cake was us texting about parenting ideas and issues. He let his son control everything in our lives (food, sleep, activities) I would try small parenting suggestions. He couldn’t deny I was right, but would quickly go back to his knee-jerk parenting fails. This is partly because of him overbooking his life and having a “deal with it” prideful attitude.

After awhile it was so obvious the kid was suffering and things were getting worse. The kid was on a dark angry path acting spoiled, lying, stealing, physically attacking his dad, and breaking his toys. As adults we needed to take the power back. It’s not about being mean or punishing, it’s the simple fact that kids need structure and boundaries to feel safe. His kid didn’t feel safe and got away with emotional murder. I was always the first to be emotionally killed playing the role of stepmom. That said I’d always had love for him. I could see a good person in him, the question being who wins? Does he get the structure he needs and become a good person or the depressing alternative.

I am epically sad because in many ways my EX was perfect for me. We had wonderful things in common and enjoyed the same lifestyle. He couldn’t come to terms with the fact that I see dogs as small kids. He didn’t see how much I did for him. More importantly how much I did for his son with love. I always said “when the going gets tough, the tough get takeout” and poured all my love, energy and money into the relationship. I saw them as family and pictured my future with them.

It became intervention time and my EX lost it. He had stubborn pride and on repeat in his head were the phrases “I’m the best dad” and “I know better than anyone” he also said this aloud to a therapist. He didn’t take into account that no human is a perfect parent. I said we had a parenting issue and requested more time together talking about parenting. He dumped me immediately. All our concert tickets, plans of getting married and our relationship dog were out the window. I had one opportunity to say I “didn’t mean it” and I almost did because I love him. But his parenting isolated us, he was controlling, and he didn’t see the good in me. I am a giver and I gave him everything I had to give. I tried harder than I’ve ever tried before because of love and his kid.

When I think about the beginning of THE END it was texting. He was horrible to me over texts. He said stuff that I would never be okay with my partner saying. And it was worse because it didn’t have a voice or tone. I would force him to call me sometimes and that helped a little. I hate talking on the phone but it’s much better than fighting over text. This is not the first relationship where I’ve had text fights but it’s the last.

I know it’s easier said than done but there is no place in a relationship for text fighting. If someone blames you or calls you names over text messages maybe don’t think twice like I did and string it out. This is a real sign of immaturity and a sign that when the going gets tough they won’t have your back. My way or the highway is not a functional relationship policy. I’m still grieving the demise of my relationship but it’s easier because he texted crazy mean things in the end. At this point the texts were impersonal and mostly untrue. If I had been wrong about the parenting issue and our relationship they would’ve been actual stabs at me. I see these aftermath texts as a sign of remorse and missing me. There’s a part of him I’ll always love but another part that’s unsustainable and scary. I wasted love on him. In retrospect I see red flags I should’ve taken more seriously. It’s hard though when the person has positive attributes that you don’t want to let go of.

The moral of the story: don’t text while driving your car. Don’t text about serious issues until you know you are with someone stable and sane. I believe it takes a year to know someone, so be smart and give the relationship a year before you pull out your smart phone.

Cats and Clutter

People have been asking me to write about why cats like clutter. The short answer is that cats enjoy ownership. By that I mean they will sit on everything from your piece of paper to your pillow. Cats sit on things “because they can” – like they own them.

The long answer is that cats are as different from us as they are from dogs. I have worked in three different holistic pet shops and have learned a lot specifically about the differences between cats and dogs. For example, it is pretty easy to find a healthy diet that will work for a dog. It’s an extreme battle to find a diet that will work for a cat. Cats need higher protein in their diets. Unlike dogs, cats shouldn’t eat ‘anything’ (stuff on the floor, grain, table scraps); they should feed primarily on meat. It’s important to diversify their protein sources to keep their immune system strong. However, cats are drawn primarily to stinky food – food like the unhealthy food found at the grocery store (full of filler corn and wheat instead of meat) or just cat food that smells like fish. It is unhealthy to just feed a cat fish-based food since they will not get all the nutrition they need for their kitty diet. I personally believe in shopping at holistic pet shops because the quality of food at grocery stores has gone down hill since a brand “Hills” bought out most of the brands and then lowered the quality of ingredients that is used in the food.

Cats want to hunt and kill. Sometimes when cats are picky their owners have to move their food bowl to different places around the house so the cat feels like it’s hunting for the food. Dogs can be picky, but nothing in comparison to a kitty. The point here is that kitties have strong, distinct personalities that are impossible to fully understand. The cat is in control. You can try to trick them, but where they walk, eat, sleep, and play is completely up to the cat – also who they like, and or how scared they are of people. Some cats are friendly and outgoing others like to hide all the time. There is also the issue of cats having a distinct sense of territory, which can become a problem when you have more than one cat. But back to the question of cats and their affinity for clutter.

You will find your dog sitting on the bed, couch, or pillow, but rarely on top of the television. Cats will: crawl into holes, sit on microwaves, hide in and on bookshelves, and sit in baskets. They loves tables, inside a washing machine (keep them closed if you have cats so they don’t go in). Cats like trees, bags, boxes – overall, places where they are in the middle of things.

Not so say that all cats are weird. Some cats might just sit on the bed or by the heater. But unlike dogs, cats are not intimidated by chaotic energy. They like strong energy, good or bad. I’ve observed them being drawn to areas of chaos. In my photo blog I have a picture of a cat in the middle of a table surrounded by clutter. She is happily sleeping there. I have had cats my whole life, and they have always done strange things like being attracted to clutter areas.

Dogs like comfort. Cats like both comfort and chaos. It comes with how strongly cats are territorial. I find that sometimes we lose sight of how different our pets are from us. We people don’t thrive in a setting of clutter. It can overwhelm us. Kitties, however, have no problems with this. They can thrive even in situations that make humans uncomfortable.

Ultimately cats are awesome (I, however, am a dog person).