My therapist seems to be rather curious about my relationship with Moss, possibly because it has been on my mind for the last couple months, trying to resolve what has come up. So she asks me about the beginning of things – what drew me to him, what the spark was, why I was interested in continuing it. And I started thinking recently – what about the other folks in my life?
So, roughly in order of when I met them (as I think that’s more relevant to this particular subject), here we go.
Trydaen – I met him about eight years ago and we started dating a bit more than six years ago. The initial draw was that he was so full of new facts and information and seemed so smart. The spark was that he was (and is) very passionate and full of enthusiasm and had such an adorable smile. I want to continue with him because I learn something new every day with him, without fail. I want to continue with him because I want to see who he becomes as he gets older and I want to be a part of his life for that. I want to continue with him because we have similar goals in the long term, and have discussed what that means for us.
Moss – I met him about four years ago – I think shortly after Minx’s death. I’m not sure of the exact timing. We started dating a bit more than a year ago. The initial draw was that he seemed very confident – a bit on the cocky side, but not overly so. The spark was the kisses and the sense that there was something going on under the surface. We kissed a lot at parties for a long while – nothing more, as the situation was not conducive for a long while. I want to continue with him because I enjoy finding out what is under the surface – the more I dig, the deeper it seems I can go. I want to continue with him because I know he’s willing to put in work to be with me. I want to continue with him because I want to keep exploring where our dynamic will go.
Ember – I met him a bit short of four years ago, but I can’t remember which of two occasions it was. We started dating about five months ago. The initial draw was the pretty hair and the shared interests. The spark was, oddly enough, not getting to kiss him, because, well, relationships are complicated. I want to continue with him because he’s a good cook. I want to continue with him because I don’t need to worry about how things are going with us. I want to continue with him because the cuddles and conversation before and after sex are delightful – he comes from a different place than I have, so I get to see the world from a different perspective.
Lola* – I met her about two and half, maybe three years ago, at a local play party. I remember complimenting her on her shoulder tattoo and when she turned around and responded, I thought that she had such a pleasant voice and that she looked very sexy in the corset she was wearing. We started dating about a year and a half ago, but have been in an odd sort of transition phase for the last couple months, so I am uncertain where we will end up. The initial draw was the tattoo and the curiosity about the person behind it. The spark was a sexy party – me watching her play DDR with great enthusiasm. I think, actually, that enthusiasm was the spark. What I am certain of is that there are reasons I want to continue having her in my life. The first being her bright energy – she fills up any space she’s in with such light that it is hard to be gloomy there. The second being that she is great to cuddle with – I love wrapping or draping my arms around, over, and under her. The third being that there are a lot of places where we complement each other, where we knit well together, even if there are some places that we do not.
Diplomat – I met him about two and a half years ago for the first time (which, sadly I have very little memory of), but re-met a bit short of two years ago. He is, oddly enough, the only person on this list that I didn’t know for more than a year before we went out on a first date. We started dating one year and ten months ago. What drew me to him was a mutual nerdiness about Shakespeare and the willingness to do that in public. The spark was having touch as a mutual love language – I hadn’t realized how much I missed touch until we spent time touching. I want to continue with him because I love seeing where he has grown and changed in the time we’ve been together and I want to see where that goes, but that’s only half of that equation. The other half is his encouragement of my own growth. I want to continue with him because I want to see more of that goddamned smile. I want to continue with because there are so many places for us to travel to, to take in together.
I hope none of these come as a surprise to the named folks who do even occasionally visit my blog. Or if they do, I hope it’s a pleasant one.
None of these are all-inclusive. It would be the height of foolishness to even think I could capture all of a relationship and what I value with a person in a single paragraph. There is so much more to each of these stories, more than even I have words for.
* I am including Lola because she is still a part of my life even if we are trying to figure out how that will work out for us, if it can. And because I love her and that will continue to be the case even if things don’t work out at all between us.