Miss Molly (plus ART!)

My cute puppy Molly:

She’s laying in the sun, her favorite place to be.  She is very beautiful, as always, and looks healthy.  She is living with her mommy in Tennessee, who sent me this picture at my request.  I miss her very much, but she seems happy.

My brother is a pretty awesome artist, and he gave us a nice gift for Christmas: a picture of Molly that he painted, which I got to keep.  This is what I have left of her:

I don’t know how accurate a representation it is, but it will remind me of her.  I hope to look fondly on it for the rest of my life.

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Alone.

Melissa left at 10:16 PM tonight.

She took my two beautiful beagles, Molly and Claire, with her.

I haven’t cried yet. I am OK right now.

I want to share one of the last conversations we had, I hope it’s not too personal for her to mind:

Me: If I had it to do all over again, knowing what I know now, I would do it all again, but I would have tried harder.
Her: Me too. You made me a better person.
Me: …and you made me happy.
*long pause*
Me: I guess it takes both.

The Saddest Site on the Intertubes

Oh my.

This site really pulls on your heartstrings.

There is really no other response a good person can have other than:

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A civil set of actions

All in all, as break-ups of 5 year marriages go, this one is not very antagonistic.

I don’t know what the worst (meanest) thing I have done so far is. I would be interested in hearing what it might be from Melissa. I think it might be saying that her new boyfriend “doesn’t sound like a very good person.” That is certainly what has upset her the most of anything I’ve done, and that would upset any friend talking about another friend’s significant other.

The meanest thing Melissa has done was making promises (she would probably say they were more like predictions) that she couldn’t keep. The most obvious example is, one weekend when she was down to see him, she said she would call me every day. On Saturday, she called me from an Applebee’s bathroom and talked for two minutes. She didn’t call on Sunday.

I think it may be in our nature to be accommodative, and that is why things aren’t so hard. I certainly hope they don’t get much harder, though the actual full and final split is still in the future.

I hope so because, as far as our lives go, we both are experiencing something of a dearth of friends. We both need all the friends we can get, and we have a lot of practice at being very good friends. It would be hard and sad for us to lose that.