My boyfriend of over two years just dumped me, and I have no idea what to do or how to feel. We saw each other every weekend, and he always called me at 8:30 p.m. and texted me good morning.
I was in the midst of a major home makeover when we first met. He works in the construction industry. On the weekends, we’d work on various projects I had around the house. The more I worked out, ate at home, and watched Netflix, the more I identified with Chip and Joanna Gaines.
He installed blinds for my daughter over the weekend. Then I had him check out my leaking pond for me. After several hours of working on the pond together, he became frustrated and annoyed at having to help out around the house. Even though he stays there between 12 and 15 times per month, he insisted it wasn’t his home.
“I told him to never come back to my house again and to keep his tools locked up,” she recalled.
On occasion, he treated me to dinner, but I generally prefer to cook at home and am fine with not having him chip in toward the cost of groceries. Within him, something finally gave. He confessed his feelings for me but said he can’t continue this way. He got tired of making the 45-minute trip every Friday after work just to see me.
As soon as he completed the condo’s closing, I promised to pay him a visit. He has moved in with his unfriendly daughter. He said he had no desire to uproot me from my idyllic setting. I told him to leave his tools alone and that I would never ask him to do any more work at my house.
It was a mutual decision to end our relationship, but I still can’t believe it. Since he told me to let him go, I haven’t contacted him. The help of any kind is much appreciated.
The Unwilling Breakup
In this age where maintaining a healthy work-life balance has become paramount, no one wants to be compelled to work outside of the office.
One of my new acquaintances is a friend of a friend who has the most amazing set of teeth I’ve ever seen. Those are Hollywood pearly whites, and they’re absolutely perfect. To which he replied, “That’s quite a double decker of Bobby Dazzlers you’ve got there.” “My ex was a dentist,” he said. There were two things that stood out to me about that statement: He got a mouth full of veneers, probably worth tens of thousands of dollars, from his ex-girlfriend for practically nothing.
It must be difficult for dentists, cardiologists, and contractors to hold their own at social gatherings. Someone will eventually admit, “I have a problem. I’m trying to figure out what to do to fix it, what do you recommend I do? They then either show their entire dental chart to the dentist, tell their entire medical history to the doctor, or sketch out their house plans for the contractor on a napkin.
It’s rewarding to be the one who figures something out and then sees the outcome. That’s why everybody loves Wordle. A favor can turn into an expectation, then a duty, and finally resentment, but there is a line that is not always obvious to the naked eye. He arrived to stand in for all the miscellaneous tasks that needed to be completed. After all, he does work in construction. For him, at least, the relationship deteriorated into a purely businesslike exchange.
Dry rot in your foundations is what happens when there is a constant undercurrent of transactions and an economic imbalance.
Your relationship was unbalanced monetarily. That in itself is not a dealbreaker, but it also does not appear to be an issue you and your partner have discussed openly. As a result of his daughter’s cold reception of you, he drove 45 minutes out of his way to spend time at your house. You had to pay for groceries, and he rarely bought you dinner.
Dry rot in the foundations is a metaphor for a relationship based on transaction and an economic imbalance. If issues are avoided, they will only get worse over time, eroding your sense of safety as a couple and eventually leading to a complete breakdown of your life together. Although it’s shocking to receive divorce papers after two years, it has happened after 20 years in similar circumstances.
According to a study conducted by academics at the University of Denver, 54% of separating couples cited financial difficulties as the primary reason for their split, making it the fifth most common reason after infidelity, conflict, and marrying at a young age. Couples who never fight but also never resolve their issues are often overlooked in research. In terms of lethality, it’s on par with anything else.
The question then becomes, what? Unless you plan to eventually move in together, you should keep your personal housework out of your relationship. After all, Chip and Joanna Gaines are a true team. All those improvements were for your own personal gain. Keep an eye out for inequities in the future involving the investment of time and resources, such as long-distance driving or purchasing habits. Don’t tell your next boyfriend that you’ve always wanted veneers if he’s a dentist.
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