When will I learn? This morning I said, “I really don’t feel well. My head is pounding, and my stomach feels off.”
He replied, “I’m sorry to hear that!”
I said, “Thanks, but I just wanted to ask you to please be nice while I’m not feeling well.”
Not too long after that, I blogged while he returned calls, and then we had a delayed business meeting. We still haven’t resolved who will pay for the site visit (prior blog), but other projects took up the time. At the end, I brought up meal planning in light of the impending Mother’s Day on Sunday. When we were ‘this’ close to finishing everything, he interrupted while I was in mid-sentence to tell me that he couldn’t absorb much more, and needed to take a break from any communication. I told him that we were almost finished anyway, but that he didn’t need to interrupt to tell me that.
Oh sheesh. Next thing I was hearing about his right to express his feelings, telling me I was invalidating him, and it escalated from there. I reacted without thinking, we were both raising our voices at this point, and I said, “This is how you express caring when I told you that I’m not feeling well?”
And that just elicited another accusation launched turd missile style my way, and a short list of him sticking a chicken in the oven to roast earlier, his cleaning up the floor (when he insisted on giving the dog raw meat in the house instead of giving it to her outside when I told him it would make a mess in the house), and not waking me up when his alarm went off etc. Apparently alllllll for me. That’s why he keeps track, ready to remind me of allll he does for me.
And then I thought, What am I doing? This is so simple and predictable. I had told him I felt sick. That’s like waving a red flag in front of a bull. And I asked for a really simple to prepare meal on Mother’s Day (no gifts), and for some help cleaning the house tomorrow. In other words, the thing passive aggressives are violently allergic to: expectations that require commitment.
Once I realized what I was doing, I snapped back to reality, told him to stop it, and to disregard everything EXCEPT what he needed to do to take care of his part for business.
Which of course elicited another scornful response because I no longer wanted to celebrate Mother’s Day.
Which I ignored.
And now I’m back to almost calm. Almost. Getting there.
He may or may not help with cleaning or making a meal for Mother’s Day. He may or may not be decent while I’m feeling nauseated and my head is pounding.
The important thing is that I’m rearranging my thoughts and emotions to not expect anything decent from him. If he behaves decently, great. If not, I won’t be expecting it, and most importantly, I won’t be needing or depending on it.
Now, if he screws with me regarding business and money, I’ll be like a banshee from Hades at his head. The reason I’m ‘in business’ with him is to get out of business with him.
I just wish I didn’t feel so tired and alone right now.