An Unlikely Love Life

Some have accused me of going into relationships selfishly. I’m a passionate guy, I’ll admit that. Most girls should be able to see that about me. I think that’s why they want to be with me, especially in the beginning. Of course they go around badmouthing me after it’s over. They say that I’m a taker, that I move on as soon as I’ve used up everything a girl has to offer me. But they just don’t understand me. Nobody gets me at all, except for Match.

The truth is that they’re just upset because they expected me to change. I swear, every girl thinks that she’s going to be the one to finally tame me. As if there was something wrong about me that needs to be fixed! Match is one of the few people who likes me the way I am. People often mistake us for a couple, actually. But we’re just friends. She’s introduced me to a lot of my girlfriends, in fact. You always hear that opposites are supposed to attract. I haven’t exactly found that to be the case for me, not until now at least.

My first love was Wood. We had a good thing going for a long time. Even after the first breakup, we got back together quite a few times. But it has ended the same way every time. Things would start to cool off, and she’d blame me. But she’s the one who gave up. One minute things were fine, and the next it was like she was just gone.

I’ve had some other girlfriends since then. Coal and I were together for a long time. But she was kinda prudish, not very much fun. Most of my friends complained that she was a drag. Something about us bothered everyone around us. A lot of people were relieved when we broke up.

Gasoline, Propane, Natural Gas, they all came later, and they were all mostly the same. I guess I got in a bit of a rut for awhile. They were all really controlling and restricting. They only way they were at all happy is if they were calling all the shots. But as soon as I got what they called, “out of hand,” everything just exploded. Some girls are like that. All, or nothing. Their way, or the highway. It was like that with Diesel too, but not quite as bad.

Probably the worst relationship I’ve been in was with Nitro Glycerin. It was really more of a series of flings than anything genuine. Every date we went on turned my life upside-down. It wasn’t good for her either. I honestly feel bad about that one, more than all the others. We really made a mess, and I know that we made life miserable for everyone else in our lives. I rebounded hard after her, going with just about anyone who would take me.

I’m seeing somebody new now, and I am finally starting to see this opposites attract thing. Water really isn’t anything like me. Where I’m chaotic, she’s level-headed. I tend to rush, but she just flows. It’s good for me to be with somebody like that, and she says the same thing about me.

Looking back, I can see that I’ve never really had a healthy relationship with a girl. It’s always been about either her, or me, never both of us. I get what I want, or she gets what she wants. But it’s give and take with Water. We’re both strong, just in different ways. Nobody expects anybody to be something they’re not. I don’t mean to say that things are easy or perfect with her. I’ve come to realize that there’s no such thing as a perfect girl, or an easy relationship. We have our fights, but we just blow off some steam and keep going. And a lot of good comes from us being together. I think that’s a good test. We’re more useful together than we could be on our own.

Sure, there’s a lot of good reasons for us not to be together. Everyone acts so shocked that we’re a couple. They wouldn’t have expected us to like each other, and would never have put us together. But like I said, the things that are different about us really just make us stronger. She tempers me, and I encourage her to try new things. We’ve decided to let our conflicting natures balance us out, rather than drive us apart. And our determination to make things work is more important than any other issue that could come up.



3 thoughts on “An Unlikely Love Life

  1. Love this, from strikingly brash to respectively calm, great ongoing transformations. God at work.

    Posted by Janet | 01/16/2012, 9:27 am
  2. Very interesting little essay. Mysterious, yet down to earth?

    Posted by janahn | 01/20/2012, 12:34 pm
    • I think, “Probably the worst relationship I’ve been in was with Nitro Glycerin,” might be the best line of fiction I’ve ever written.

      Posted by coyotetom | 01/20/2012, 2:53 pm

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