I got the call on Christmas Eve. "Ne, I made a mistake."
It was Filthy.
I listened, and we decided to link up in mid January.
So, he came to a meeting that I spoke at this past Saturday.
I was nervous and vulnerable. But, I felt fearless and good.
The speech went well.
He then broke the news. he was ready to commit. Ready
to think about the future, a long term future.
I was guarded but excited.
Then the other shoe dropped.
He had lied to me y'all.
In December, he pursued the woman he had a borderless
relationship with, they mashed, and to top it off, they kicked it
on New Years Eve.
When I learned this, I started looking for sharp objects.
This made me look at the decision to commit in a whole other light.
At first, when he mentioned that he wanted to commit,
I would have been satisfied with a change in his facebook
status and taking a trip to somewhere sunny this winter
and perhaps meeting some parents. But this shit was record
scratch where my gat, get out my face because my "cut you
if you still, shoot you if you running" Texas roots are about to come out.
One was that I told that when he was in BK last December, and I asked him
where he stayed, his response was, with my boy T's friend.
I just learned, that it was with her.
He was suppose to go to Philly for New Years.
That was a lie. He spent it with her.
All I could think of was Gotty saying, I told you so. You see,
when the relationship ended after Thanksgiving, I called Gotty.
M.dot: Aye blood, your boy is done.So, to get this information now, I am hella stuck.
Gotty: Really. What happen.
M.dot: This other jawn, his homie came at him, made her feelings
known, put LOVE on it, and he shook. She cut herself OUT of his life,
and now he claims he is grieving her, but now can't do it.
Gotty: Man, he is trying to pop at her right now, trust me, I know this,
I been there.
M.dot: I am not so sure. He kinda jacked up.
Gotty: Alright, don't listen to me. M.dot: Imma listen to you, it just doesn't make sense.
Gotty: It don't have to. Take care of your self mayne.
It's God's now.
Ironically, I asked God to take him out my life, and only bring
him back (or for that matter anyone into my life) when he was
ready. I asked to only have people in my life who have the
courage and the will to love or the will to build
the capacity to do so. Now that it has happened, I am having a
hard to with the process. God is funny.
I have been thinking about something one of my married homies
said to me. He basically mentioned that in his experience,
men ask themselves whether they are ready, and if they are they proceed
and they aren't they keep it moving. It had nothing to do with me.
Filthy is apparently at a point where he has had the serious commitment
conversation with himself and decided to proceed, but for me its
foul how it happened.
My girl has told me that I am focusing on the negative. That a
man's and or person's willingness to learn how to put another's feelings
ahead of his own is a time to be celebrated
especially because he or she is probably going to need some help. She has
a point, but I got ice chips in my heart man.
His contention is that he had to go through what he went through
to get to the point he is at now. And the outcome is what matters.
I hear it, but I still give that shit the side eye. Ice chips melt, right?
I also look at it like this.
He is a good man. He challenges me. Is gentle. Is encouraging.
He my friend.
But he is also Bleek. Not Memph, who I have always had a
crush on since forever. But Bleek, Bleek Gilliam. I don't do Bleek.
I realized that Filthy was Bleek last August when I learned of the four
boxes of W.E.B Dubois books, amongst the 12 boxes of books.
In my mind, I might as well had been dating DJ. CRACK ERA FAIL.
Given all this. Peep the nitty gritty.
It's incredible, because there have been
some serious conversations had about the future, about
residences being changed, five, ten and twenty year plans.
I have learned a lot about my shortcomings as well. I have
learned that I have a hard time asking for what I need and I
can sometimes play the victim in order to avoid taking action.
Ouch. Admitting it is the first step to changing it. Right? Right.
I also understand that relationship gray areas exists. In the past,
once, I have carried a torch for another person. This torch
impacted my ability to really connect and be with the person
that I was with at the time.
But then again.
I was 20 years old then. And we ARE not 20 years old anymore.
I have also done my fair share of scandalous. BUT. I have been honest.
I have a code.
Right now, I face the risk of walking away from the love that was
meant to be or staying with a person that made a mistake but also
understands that this is the chance to show that he can make good
on his word, and for him to take the opportunity to make tangible efforts to
continue to make good on his word.
He is trying. He is trying to do something he has never done before,
he is trying to step out on faith and live the life of Bleek after he can no
longer play the trumpet. At this point I can just sit back and watch
how it unfolds.
The ante has been upped.
I gave it to God.
How to Be in Pain and Not Fall Apart is in full effect.