I am hurt and I am pissed and my therapist says I have no right to be. Sigh. I hate it when she is right.
Let me explain.
Right before B stated he “might want a divorce” I had ordered a chandelier from Pottery Barn. I rarely do such things. It was extravagant. It was sparkly. It shined from every angle.. And it would look oh-so-right in my dining room instead of the $25 builder installed light that has been hanging there for the past 10 years. So after much thought and angst I bought it. I am just not a big spender and this was wayyyy over my usual $50 budget for such items.
It arrived in a huge box that sat in my living room for many weeks. And then B dropped the bomb mentioning the chandelier while he listed all his dissatisfactions with me and our life together. About two weeks after his “I might want a divorce” pronouncement he said he was going to put up the chandelier and I told him not to…that I didn’t want to have to leave it in the house should we decide to divorce. I told him that if and when he felt our relationship was in a good place and we would stay together then he could put it up as a sign that things we going to be alright. And so the chandelier was moved out to the garage where it remains to this day, silently sparkling away in its huge box its beauty wasted on all but the occasional insect who might pass by.
While I realize nine months is not a long time to deem a unhappy marriage “cured” I am beginning to resent the chandelier and all it stands for. Everyday when I back my car out of the garage I see that ugly box sitting there as a reminder that the light is the sole determinant of whether our marriage is healthy or still on the rocks and I have left it to B to make that determination. And I am mad. I am mad at the chandelier for all the meaning I have given to it. I am mad at myself. And I am mad that I have given B the power to determine the state of our marriage all based on whether or not the damn thing gets hung.
My therapist says that the chandelier is not indicative of our relationship and it is not fair to all involved that I have pinned so much meaning on it. That, “come on, you know B does not attach meaning to things like a chandelier whereas you do.” That he probably doesn’t even get its significance to you and your relationship. But I’m not so sure. That whether our marriage is viable has NOTHING to do with the chandelier. And that I should let go of this meaning I have assigned it and love myself enough to hang it up even if it means taking it down in the future because I LOVE IT. Because it sparkles in my dreams. Because it is just plain beautiful and deserves to be in the place that it was intended to be instead of hidden away in a dusty garage.
And while I know my therapist is right I also wonder if I can ever hang this chandelier or if it will always remind me of this unhappy time in my life. Can I ever trust that my relationship with B is healthy again or will I always wonder if the sparkle is blinding me to all the things that B is unable to say/do that has made him get to this point that he wanted to leave? Right now I have no clue. But someday I hope that the sparkle of that chandelier will be indicative of the sparkle in our relationship. That is my dream.
6 thoughts on “Assigning Meaning To Things”
I think men forget moments or agreements like this. I think it’s fair to mention it to him, maybe as a silly passing thought. Maybe when you’re having a more serious check in- I don’t know your relationship but there may be a time when a reminder would work. ” I put it in the garage because we agreed you wouldn’t hang it when you thought we passed this storm. ” and if he laughs it off or hangs it great. If he gets weird it’s time to have another talk. You have done a lot of work. What has he done for you?
Yes I do think men forget these moments…its a shame because women often don’t and it just creates misunderstandings.
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hang the fucking chandelier. it’s okay, and important, to be reminded of the dark times, the unhappy times, the difficult times.
also, who in their right minds leave a chandelier in the garage ffs?
I agree. Hang it. Or put it on his honey-do list. Your marriage isn’t over. It will be one day. When you agree to end it or one of you dies. But why not have the prettiest and healthiest marriage and home now? Even while not all of it is pretty or healthy? It’s not perfect and it’s not rainbows and peace. But it’s not completely absent of rainbows and peace either. Let the chandelier capture and magnify the love and light that is already there.
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Awww Katy I love you
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