Letting go, for good

OK, so this post today is inspired by an article in the NY Times that I came across: A Kite That Couldn’t Be Tied Down.  Go ahead and read that first.  It’s quick and easy and heart-wrenching.  I’ll wait.

See?  Wasn’t it beautiful?  And it got me to thinking a whole lot about this process that all humans go through at some point.  The falling in love for the first time thing.  How crystal clear everything surrounding that time is, how utterly perfect in all it’s hindsight.  And I take it a little further in thinking that a certain aspect of this phenomenon is unique to being gay, because in addition to falling in love for the first time, it’s the ‘who’ we are falling in love with that tells us something entirely new about ourselves.  So not only are we having the butterflies and the swooning, but the whole “Holy shit, I’m in love with a girl” dilemma as well.

But I truly think the thing about this article that struck me the most was that the author, in some way, was looking for some affirmation that she had affected the other person in some way as well.  That what those two people went through together meant something, to both of them.   The fact that her heart skipped a beat when she saw that the object of her affection had felt something on that day, flying a kite in Tienanmen Square, gave meaning to it all.  She had made a difference that had been recognized by someone else.

And of course, all of this, leads to me thinking about my own experiences with my first falling in puppy love episode, which was also my “Oh shit, it’s a girl” moment.   And how I, much like this author, fell hard and fast without much awareness as to what was actually happening to me other than the fleeting thought of  “I wonder why I ONLY want to spend time with L.”  And then she kissed me, and I knew for a concrete fact why I wanted to spend all my time with her.  But again, much like this author, the object of my obsession would inevitably pull away from me and show up with some boyfriend, acting as though what had happened between us was nothing much, when, to me, she was crushing my heart at every turn.

And for the next 3 years, I would remain her “BFF”, while not-so-secretly pining for her, to no avail.  But whenever she would feel me start to slip away, she would have some way to bring me back; brush my hair behind an ear, hold my  hand while we were driving and a few times would even grace me with some kisses and my heart would soar.  But it was always followed by the inevitable drop of my heart, when, if I tried to kiss her again, not on her terms, I would be rejected.  It was the most vicious roller-coaster ride I’ve ever been on.   And eventually, I wizened up enough to make myself get off of this nauseating ride, because no one was keeping me on it but myself.

“The only thing worse than losing her was the realization that I’d never had her.”

And right here, the point that I’ve been trying to get to, is the wondering that has always nagged at me.  The wondering if I had as profound an effect on her life as she had on mine.  And the back of my head knows that the answer has always been No.  That she did love me, in some way, but she was never in love with me.  That yes, I was a good friend with occasional benefits for those few years, but in the end, I was disposable.  And the event that drove us apart for good, was unforgivable to me.  And this is something that I almost never talk about, but I think I have to just write it down, so I can just release it, once and for all.  The thing that drove us apart was that I was raped, in her house, by her brothers best friend, and she did not believe me.  She sided with him, who took something from me that can never be returned, and said that I had lied about it.  And this betrayal, from her, has hurt me more than the actual event that she denied.  There was no going back to her after that.  So I had loved her, and she didn’t even have the courtesy to believe in something that no woman would ever joke about happening.

(*Deep breath*)

He had hurt my body, which is easily healed, and my mind, which took longer, but healed nonetheless.  But she hurt my very heart, which also eventually healed, but not without a reminder in scar form.  And, in a way, these actions on her part caused me to be much more cautious with my heart in the years that would follow.  Almost too cautious, since there was a small period of time where I almost didn’t let HH into my heart.  But I came to realize that everybody wasn’t like L, and that I was worthy of someone who would love me back.

So I guess, in hindsight, she had an effect on the path my life took.  And I’ve always wondered if I had the same affect on her.  But really, it doesn’t matter anymore, so I’m going to let it go.  Yes, it’s part of my past, but it’s also an unchangeable event.  It is what it is and all that jazz.  In some twisted way, it’s led me to my life today and how happy I am with HH and I just have to be grateful for the experience.  But the wondering is stopping today.  It’s over.

I think the author of the article sums things up perfectly with her closing line so I’m going to steal it: “There are so many fruits in the world; we can’t remember exactly who introduced us to what. But we never forget who showed us that there were, indeed, more fruits to discover than we’d ever realized.”

Feelin’ Hot Hot Hot

So, my girls at work are both huge spice-heads and think that the hotter it is, the better. They have their own bottles of hot sauces in their desks and put it on everything. Jalapeno peppers are like a mild snack to them. They MAKE their own hot sauces and something that sounds like peek-lees, which is basically fire with some cabbage thrown in. You know, things that hurt to SMELL. My level of spice is nowhere near theirs, but I do like a little spicy now and then. Like, a little bit. Tiny.

So last week, on the one day we’re actually all together nowadays, we went to get lunch at Chipotle. If you haven’t been to one, go now. I’ll wait. Yummy, yummy food. So I get my usual Veggie Burrito Bowl filled with rice, fajita veggies, guacamole, some salsas and cheese and as I’m standing there with them as they’re filling up their little travel cups with the various provided hot sauces, I decide that I wanna try some too. I’m tired of being the spice wimp. So I get myself a little helping of some Tabasco Green Pepper sauce, which says “milder” on the bottle. We go back to work and dig in. I carefully interspersed my few drops of sauce over the whole of my burrito bowl and I declare that it is good. It’s got just that right amount of heat. I like it.

Fast forward to today. Mamasoo and I order up some more Chipotle. And I figure, since I liked the spicy so much last week, why don’t I ramp up the intensity just a little bit more and get one of the spicier salsa’s put right in there. Now, I already have fresh tomato salsa and roasted-chili corn salsa added in as my standard. So I up it one level to add in the tomatillo-green chili salsa, which I’ve never had before. How bad can it be? Oh, and I also got about twice the amount of the Tabasco sauce too. We come back to work and I just pour that sauce right over everything, like it’s my job. No careful sprinkling of drops at all. Just a drenching.

And now, now that the fire is out and my eyes have stopped watering unnaturally, I can admit it. I got cocky with the hot. It took me nearly two hours to finish that bowl, because I had to take breaks. You know, to allow my mouth to regain the ability to feel. Mamasoo came back into my office at one point to get some more chips, and I made her take them and the salsa away, whilst the only thing I was able to utter was “It’s too hot! It’s too hot!” as she laughed her way back out.

So while I can handle a few strategically placed drops of the mild Tabasco, I think I’ll be skipping the green chili salsa from now on. Cocky’s not really my style anyway, so I’ll admit defeat.

My lunch kicked my ass today.