Testing, Testing…….

Testing, Testing……..

I always felt James was testing my love; did or do you feel the same way with your partner? He had told me the sob story about his one true love who had an affair with her ex, (he even caught the guy leaving their apartment), got pregnant and left him while he was on the road trucking. He ended up coming home to an empty apartment, she had even cleaned out his storage unit that was full of all the memorabilia he had collected in his travels, priceless artefacts, she had falsely accused him of all sorts of abuse, been arrested on trumped up charges and he had been devastated. She had left the town and he never knew if the child was his or not. He showed me one tattered picture of a small boy he had gotten from the girl’s sister. To make the story even more poignant, he had been adopted and never knew his own father and had never wanted to bring a child into the world and not be there for the child. This story touched me immensely because I, at the age of 16 had given a baby boy up for adoption and I had always dreamed of someday having a family and then ended up being a single mom of a boy who’s father was not in his life.

Can you see how this plucked at my heart strings, hit all my buttons and pulled me into his web? There is no way he knew my story when he told me his; it was enough to make any woman feel for him but for me it hit so close to home I could not help but be drawn into his story.

I can look back and see how I easily slipped into the role of his next unsuspecting victim. I had been to counselling for years dealing with issued from my childhood and overcome my insecurities (or so I thought), I had taken relating effectively courses, wanting to become a better person; in other words I had done a lot of work on myself. I was not some love struck teenager falling in love for the first time, I had been around the block a time or two and I had worked on my relationship skills so when he said he had never met a woman so calm and rational, I believed him. I am almost embarrassed to admit how much I believed him, I secretly felt superior to the other women he had been with, simply because I was older, more mature, more experienced and I HAD worked on myself; and he seemed so naive and vulnerable.

I think we all want to believe we are the greatest love of a man’s life, we are better than all the rest, we have something special that no other woman ever had; sex with us is the best, we are the most understanding, we see the best in him and believe in him. How many of you have thought, “He has so much potential, he just needs a good woman to believe in him”? Well, that is what I was thinking.

Adding to the mix, he cried real tears when he told me he loved me for the first time, he bought me a CD and dedicated a song to me and we danced (he hated to dance, so this really touched me), he swept me off my feet (literally) every time I walked through the door and packed me off to the bedroom to make love. It was like he couldn’t get enough of me, wanted to consume me, he was the only man who didn’t roll over after sex, he wanted to stay inside me and fall asleep that way, making love many times in a night. It was the only time I had ever slept with a man and not rolled over at some point in the night; I always woke up in the same position I fell asleep in; if he was not inside me I was laying with my head on his chest, my hand under his head, my leg over his, his arm under me pulling me close to him. Always. Until the last couple of years.

He told me often how he loved me just the way I was and to never change; that he had thought he was in love before but I had shown him what real love was. I treasured that; I never wanted him to doubt my love, I wanted him to know what it felt like to be loved and appreciated and I was not going to take his good nature for granted. I felt we had a mutual appreciation for each other, we had both had our heart breaks and as a couple in their 40’s were ready for love. There was no wondering if he would call, if he cared, I never wondered if he loved me, he was so open and honest with his feelings I felt at ease to just be myself and love him with every fiber of my being.

And so the stage was set. I had numerous built in excuses to excuse his behaviour. I would tell myself that he put personal ads in because he was afraid I would leave him, it was just his way of making sure he was still attractive and protecting himself from being hurt, he would never act on it and meet any of the women. When he lost it on me the first time, the day after we moved into a house we were buying, I was dumb struck, he had never talked to me like that ever, I had never seen him so angry and he was angry over something he thought I was thinking but wasn’t. I thought we could discuss it calmly and rationally like we always discussed everything but this time there was no getting through to him. I thought to myself that, “He is just scared, we have made this commitment to buy a house and he is afraid of getting hurt, in time he will know I am not going anywhere and feel safe to love me openly.” This excuse worked for a few years, he didn’t say it in so many words, I came up with it by myself, but the seeds were planted by him right from the beginning.

I went many years thinking, “If I just love him enough, show him I won’t leave him like the other women, he will relax and enjoy our love, he will stop pushing me away.” After all, we would go out and be just like we were in the beginning, laughing, (we had the same sense of humour and always laughed, almost right to the end), relaxed, just enjoying each other’s company, or we would make love so passionately, it seemed immediately after an especially loving time together he would be especially cold and withdrawn. It indicated to me that he was afraid of getting hurt, every time he showed his “true feelings” he would put up his defences.

I felt I was the only woman who knew the true James, I was going to prove to him that I loved him unconditionally, it didn’t matter how much money he made, or if he was in a good mood or bad mood, if he got fired or even if he pushed me away; my love was true and I believed in him. I thought the good times were the “true James” and the bad times were when he was “testing” my love.

For a long time, like a couple of years, the good far outweighed the bad. I can remember being in my garden, tears streaming down my face, praying for God to give me a sign, tell me what to do, please make James realize how much I love him. I got signs alright, you know you can interpret signs to mean what you want them to mean?. One time after he had hit me for the first time and didn’t even seem sorry I was praying to God to give me a sign what I should do, should I leave? Stay? And all of a sudden I thought about a blue barrack box James had in the storage shed. I had never looked in it, never even entered my mind to look in it but all of a sudden I knew I should look. I fought the urge because I respected people’s privacy and this was going against my grain but I went out there and when I opened the lid, right on top was a journal. With shaking hands I opened it to a random page and the words jumped out at me. He was talking about hitting the woman who had the baby.

I read about how she was pregnant and he had been on the road trucking. She was at a friend’s or an auntie’s or some place and he was to pick her up at a certain time. He got home and dicked around with his truck and purposely left her sitting there waiting for him for literally hours (something he ALWAYS did to me). When he got there she was asleep, so she had to wake up (remember she is pregnant) and she is not impressed. On the way home she ties into him about being inconsiderate and accuses him of screwing around. According to him he told her to shut up and “just like all the others she didn’t shut up when I told her to and I hit her.” He went on to talk about how when they got home he locked himself in the bedroom with the phone and called all her friends and family complaining about her. When he finally let her in the bedroom she went to sleep and he tried to have sex but she pushed him away. He got up in the morning and left without saying I love you. When he was a few hours down the road he called to say “I love you” and all she said was, “You woke me up to tell me that?” and hung up. When he got home from his run a week later she was gone.

I had prayed for a sign from God and it was a pretty blatant sign that James had a history of abuse, him saying “just like all the others” meant it was not a one time deal, but did I pack my bags and leave? No. Do you know what I did? I vowed to prove to him that I would never leave him. I knew he loved me, I had seen the true James, the vulnerable, romantic, kind and gentle James and I was not going to walk out on him now.

God sent me lots of “signs” over the years, like when James used my laptop and forgot to sign off, so when I went to go into my Hotmail, his kept popping up. I kept closing it and trying to open mine but his would pop up again. Finally I thought God must want me to see something and stopped long enough to read his in box. Right there near the top was “Your recent matches from Plenty Of Fish”. He had told me he had closed his account, but I was soon to find out, you can hide your profile and still see other people and contact them, they just can’t see you; so he had never gotten out of POF or stopped meeting women. Did I leave him then? Oh no! I confronted him, I “made a stand” I told him how hurt I was, I offered to leave if he didn’t love me, I expected him to do the right thing. I thought he would react like a normal caring person and if he didn’t love me he would leave. I had always made it very clear from the beginning that all I expected was honesty and faithfulness, I had never given him any indication I was ok with him having sex with other women. I assumed that if I told him how upset I was, that I would not tolerate it, he would either leave or he would stop looking for other women. I had proven my love for him, I didn’t ask anything of him except for honesty, how come it was so hard for him to understand? He didn’t seem to understand why I would be so upset about him having ads. I would try to explain by asking him, “how would you feel if you found out I had personal ads?” He never answered, but I didn’t think he had to. I would tell him that if he wanted to see other women he could not be with me, so when he would call and want to take me to dinner I would assume he was with me because he had chosen to give up the other women. Every time I would think that we had made a break through, and he finally understood, but nothing ever changed.

We split and he would always come begging me back, he would acknowledge everything he had done wrong and take all the blame and I would think he must mean it, why would he bother if he didn’t? But nothing ever changed.

As much as I was willing to have my love tested, I never ever tested his love. If he said he was sorry, I immediately forgave and it was past history. I never once said to him, “No you can’t come back until you prove yourself.” I never made him work for it. I just handed it over, my love and commitment was his for the taking. If I had tested him love, he would have failed miserably, if I wouldn’t have let him move back in so fast, if I would have held back and not given 110% all the time; I would have known a lot sooner that he didn’t love me. I never challenged him. Why is it that we are so willing to prove our love and yet don’t expect the man to prove he deserves it? Are we afraid that if we did he would prove he doesn’t deserve it and that would hurt, so we lie to ourselves and choose to believe his words and not his actions?

Be honest with yourself for a few minutes here and think about how long he has been proving that he doesn’t love you? Not what he tells you with words, but what he shows you in actions. It’s sad, isn’t it? when you realize you have been proving your love to someone who is nothing but words; thinking some day the investment is going to pay off.

9 thoughts on “Testing, Testing…….

  1. eah2007

    Hi Carrie, how are you hope your new life on the boat is working out well for you.

    Most of the things you said in your recent blog I can relate to and I’m sure lots of other people on your site can too as our exes all seem to have the same traits! The sad thing is though Carrie I just don’t think I’m ever going to get over him, just found out recently that the ex he went back to (even although he still wanted back in my bed and still on dating sites) is selling her house and buying one closer to him. I know he will be pretending to have changed and will be pushing her along to sell her house, I won’t lie and say that I’m not hurting because I am even after counselling and trying so hard to work on myself and move on.

    Why do they always seem to land on their feet and leave us in bits!!??



    1. Ellebelle2015

      That’s what it is. SEEMS TO LAND ON THEIR FEET! It is not like that at all. I know for sure he is not happy now. And the best way is to be happy yourself and if you are not than you have to act if you are happy. For me it is very helpful that everyone says that I am looking so good. I sleep 6 to 7’hours in a row. Don’t crunch my tooth anymore, my sugar level went down. I don’t take anti depressants anymore. I didn’t start to drink or eat to much. And that after an relationship of 31 years. And sometimes I miss him like hell. But I don’t tell anybody not even myself. So if I can do it, you can do it too.


    2. Carrie Reimer Post author

      eah2007, they seem to land on their feet because they do!! It is easy to land on your feet if you have no conscience and can feed off of other people. James’s mother used to say he was so resilient, NO, he just didn’t give a shit. If he lost something he just found someone with enough money to buy him a new one.
      He never worried about losing a job, getting evicted, or losing furniture to storage charges, he would leave expensive tools laying around to get driven over or stolen, he didn’t seem affected by anything, because he wasn’t!! He wanted a semi, he talked a friends father into financing it for him, then he didn’t work with it and it got repossessed, the father ended up with the bed credit rating and James had his own trailer stolen. He didn’t invest any money into the truck, got to drive a cool semi for over a year and hardly worked the whole time.
      He lost his job, was getting evicted, he found himself a widow and pretended to love her and he got a roof over his head, AND she had enough money that he was able to replace the Harley he lost, the flat deck truck he thrashed and then had stolen. Like the saying goes, “There is a sucker born every minute.” and the narcissist counts on it.
      If you never feel anything, how could you not land on your feet? and we are in bits because we do feel and care. I know that I wouldn’t want to be him though, and much rather be a caring, loving responsible honest person.
      Like he said to me after we split and he was living with his new woman,when I told him how much it hurt that he was able to “fall in love” and move in with someone else so easily and he looked shocked, “You knew I had lost my job and had to move. The mice were crazy in that trailer, I had to find someplace to live and I couldn’t live with you. I will always love you, I wasn’t unhappy with you, I just needed to move.”

      And he thought I should just be ok with that and understand. I am sure he still doesn’t understand why I was so upset, all I had to do was meet a man with money and all my problems would have been solved.

      eah2007, you will be a lot happier when you stop comparing yourself to him, you are still thinking of him as a person with feelings and a conscience. You can’t compare your life to his, you don’t operate on the same principles or morals. He has none!!

      That is why not knowing what he is doing is so crucial to recovery, because he is always going to bounce back, he is always going to recover and it is maddening, if you don’t know what he is doing, then you can’t be upset.

      For a while I was jealous, (for lack of a better word) that James new woman had the money to “lend” him $20,000 that I knew he would never repay, she was able to buy him a truck and Harley, and she sold her house and they got a place together and he was saying he was going to build a shop. He even bragged to me, like he was saying “see what this woman can give me and you couldn’t”. He even said to me that he was successful now and he wanted to help me be successful too. I said to him “YOU aren’t successful. You were successful at sucking in a widow with money, you didn’t earn that money, I don’t think your new woman would be too eager to make me successful like you.

      What normal man brags about using a woman for her money??

      I don’t call that landing on his feet I call that being a predator, a sleaze, a user, a loser, a bottom feeder, ………….. I have plenty more names but I will stop now.


  2. Ellebelle2015

    About the testing: after years I realized that he did it from the beginning we met. After a couple of months he told me, that he was in love with a German girl that was in our country with her parents. But he realized that it couldn’t become something so they said goodbye to each other. We were in a restaurant, when he told me this. So I couldn’t break down and I was in shock. Now I remember the way he looked at me. Very interesting about how I would react. One minute later he asked me to go with him on holiday. At that moment he knew what he could do and how far he could go. Years later I asked him about that German girl and he couldn’t remember a thing about it. I think he made the whole story up just to test me.


  3. Jessica

    This is all so true. I wish I had listened to my signs before I wasted 6 years of my life and put my son through this man’s tornado of destruction. Whenever I doubt myself I read your blog to remind myself of the manipulation and lies. I know I will get through but it is hard because they make you feel special and like you are soulmates, but it is all lies to pump up their empty souls. Good luck to all going through this hell.


  4. Carrie Reimer Post author

    Jessica, thank you for commenting. I am glad to hear that my posts resonate with you and are helpful. Better that it was 6 and not 16 years. Even women who have been with a narc for over 20 years find the strength to leave and find happiness without them. It is never a waste as long as you learn something. It is hell being with them and even worse hell recovering from them, but once you make it to the other side, you find an inner peace that you have never had before. I think it comes from knowing you slept with the devil, you experienced hell on earth and you survived, it is like being released from prison after years for a crime you didn’t commit; freedom is just so damn sweet you appreciate every second more than you ever did before.


  5. Bluebird

    I want to cry reading these entries. I feel so fucking weak. The details all ring so true for me. I feel like my life has been wasted. I grew up with abuse and neglect. I’m ashamed for how many years this went on with one person in particular, and how I just recently when through a whirlwind shitstorm with someone for whom I continue to check my email and texts for any signs. I want out. I am so hurt and lonely. I know the only way is to go straight through hell and keep on going. No going back and it is excruciating to accept. I read about yours and others’ experiences and am grateful that this particular person was only a short couple of weeks after having been online friends for around 5 mo. I’m white knuckling it right now. So far, I’ve had no contact after a round of shocking insults and blaming things on me. I’m prepping to do the hardest thing I’ve never been able to do…reject the phonecall or text if it ever comes in. There’s anxiety that it will never come and more anxiety that it will.

    I have already wasted my entire youth on a real sicko. I feel like I’ve seen too much life and that maybe it’s about time for me to die. I am doing my best to accept that there is probably nobody to love out there as, likely, I won’t even be attracted. I thought I had finally, just possibly, found a little piece of the happiness pie to finish out my life with. I don’t take to new people easily. Just preparing to be alone.

    The part of your story that I really wanted to cry about was when you described the loving moments and the sex and not rolling off of you and all that. I have been there and feel like the grief of that sort of thing will never go away. It is so unbearably cruel. It’s amazing that I’m not a substance addict. That there was something to take the edge off is just too tempting. And yet, I know I cannot go there. I’ve been working on finding meaning to my life. I have found quite a bit. I volunteer for what feel like worthy causes. I have started dressing myself again with some amount of pride. I never ever thought I would ever read anybody else’s stories that are just about exactly my own.

    This last round with an entirely new person has my heart actually hurting. My God. I feel like I’m lying here like a wounded animal just focusing on trying to keep breathing. I’m reading all of the stories instead of using my time to stalk him on social media to find out what he’s up to. I am convinced from all of you that he IS hoping I’ll do just that. What I don’t see will not hurt me. I’m convinced he wants me to hurt.

    Sweet Jesus, I’m not even religious and I want to pray my way out of this Godforsaken place. I think I will do my best not to show my hand this time. Should I get a call or a text; no answer, no reply. I hope to never confirm nor deny how I’m feeling. It can be a mystery until I pray to whatever that these feelings fade. I’m so sad that I may never find love from 51 to however long I live. I really do not know how I can possibly trust my own judgment in a man again. I just feel like I cannot survive another one of these. Please shoot me. I know that is the wrong thing to say. I’m in a bad spot.

    The last and only thing I said to this man as he told me what is wrong with me and that he is ‘no longer going to pursue me’ was that I hope he finds exactly the right person for him and I hope the same for me. I told him that I’m really really really sad and ‘Bye.” He just wrote “Bye.” That was Thursday, it’s been 3 days. So, I fed his ego a bit, but I expressed my heart for myself maybe. And, I’m doing my best to give it a funeral. Whether he pops in or not, I hope to never ever give him the goddamned satisfaction of any emotion or response. He’ll be forced to move on and so will I. God, I hope it starts feeling better at some point. I am so fucking damaged.


  6. Bluebird

    Oh, and I’m in the 25+ year abuse club from one man though I managed to have other dysfunctional relationships inbetween. I’m sure that physical violence, neglect, childhood sexual abuse, and other sexual assaults before the age of 23 didn’t help.

    And, so interesting that one of the posts mentions a ‘soul-sucking vampire.’ I’m not into reading about vampires or anything of the sort. It’s never been my genre of interest. Hauntingly, I had a nightmare one time that this guy came into my bedroom and was at the foot of my bed. When he opened his mouth to smile at me, it was a vampire. I screamed for my fucking life. Screamed, screamed, screamed. He has been the center of so many of my very worst nightmares–sometimes I nightmare that he’s telling me he is gay and that I catch a glimpse of unbelievable sex acts that make me freak out and scream. Other times, I nightmare that I am obsessively following him from city to city. Or, that he shows up somewhere when I’m finally shaky but somewhat stable and almost having a good time.

    Fortunately, I suppose, my latest incident has taken my thoughts from him. So, thank you to this latest piece of fresh hell? 😦



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