Today at work my Office Manager said that she hadn’t heard me mention how Mr. Mess is doing lately. I told her that’s because we’re getting a divorce. At first she was slighty surprised, mostly because she didn’t notice that I haven’t been wearing my wedding rings in some time. Then, the truth started rolling right out of her lips.
I was able to learn that she knew he had been lying to me about several things for a while. One thing I had always suspected, but could never get him to admit: Mr. Mess continued smoking the entire time he told me he had quit. He made a big show of taking Chantix, but only for 2 of the 3 months because it “worked so well.” The Office Manager was aware because she has also been trying to quit.
Well, it turns out my suspicions (and nose) were right. She said that she passed him several times turning into or leaving our neighborhood or the grocery store or various other places lighting up, smoking, or tossing cigarettes out of the window. She is all over this town, and misses nothing (as good gossips rarely do).
Additionally, my Warehouse Manager’s mother lives in my neighborhood. He visits her regularly to have lunch during the week. He passed Mr. Mess several times sitting on my front porch smoking.
All that time he was lying through his teeth to me. I am desensitized to it now, but wonder how many other things like that were complete lies. Probably more than I could ever imagine.
Just to give you a slight taste of what I’m talking about, let me elaborate a bit on this one lie. According to Mr. Mess, any time I smelled cigarettes it was because he walked through a group of people smoking at school. Or (conveniently) later on because he worked in the catering department on site of one of the largest manufacturers of cigarettes. That suspicious charge in the same exact amount every day at work wasn’t cigarettes, it was a chocolate muffin and a coke. Riiiiigggghhht! I knew he was lying.
I even saw evidence from time to time – cigarette butts in the front flower bed (which he acted like belonged to some prowler), wrapping from the outside of a carton in the back seat of the car (which someone else must have left there), ashes on his dashboard (which he claimed was just “dust”), burn marks on the visor of the new car (which he had no idea how they got there), lighters that would magically appear and disappear around the house (which he just “found” leftover from before or were for lighting candles), and the horrible, ever-present smell of cigarettes in his car and on his clothes that he just COULDN’T smell. Wow… He must have thought I was an idiot or something to believe his half-assed, poor excuses.
But those lies are just a metaphor for the pitiful, half-assed, poor excuse of a man that he is. The sad part is that it doesn’t make any sense to lie about that shit. If he was a man, he would just be one. Tell the truth. It’s not that hard to do. Really. Want to slowly kill yourself with foul-smelling, cancer-sticks – just say so! Seriously… why all the (bad) lies?
I think the answer is because at the end of the day he doesn’t have a backbone. Also, he knows how I feel about cigarettes and couldn’t handle my truth. If smoking was that important to him, then put that out there and be ready to accept the truth of what’s important to me. That would require honesty. And possibly an end to his gravy train. Which is what I think is ultimately the cause of all of his recent pettiness and temper tantrums. He actually has to stand on his own two feet now that I’m not picking up what’s he’s putting down.
The other thing that the Office Manager said that really stuck with me is that she should have known I was done with him because of how happy I’ve been lately. Oddly enough, that was the second time today I had heard something very similar. My therapist told me that I am the most content, peaceful and happy that he has ever seen me. It’s true. I laugh and smile all day long. I do the things that make me happy. I am living without lies, and the honesty I’m getting back from the world is amazing.
I told my Office Manager today that the next time she meets someone I’m dating she should let me know if her loser alert starts going off. Apparently it had been all along with Mr. Mess. However, I got married very shortly after starting there, and we didn’t have the kind of honest relationship that we have now. She told me that she was always concerned that he was just using me (ding, ding – you get a cookie!), that he was far beneath what I deserve (right again!), and that I can do much better (amen!). She committed to full honesty from this point forward, knowing that I can handle it (and won’t fire her – :)).
Somehow I have a feelings that I won’t have that problem again, though. I’ve had my fill of lying, messed up, immature, irresponsible, uneducated, men who lack ambition, imagination, sex drive, and a future. I am a stronger, more confident person coming out of this than I was going in. I know what I deserve, and I’m going to make sure I get it.