Groomsman carries torch for bride
I’m in love with my best friend’s fiancee, and I’m set to be a groomsman at their wedding.
I met the bride in college. We worked together. After months of office flirting, we spent a night together. I told her how I felt, and she reciprocated. However, the next day I got a “can we act like that didn’t happen and just be friends” text. I respected her request.
Many months later, we met our new co-worker. He and I became good friends. A year in, they started seeing one another. Despite being best friends, I never told him or anyone how I felt about her. I didn’t want to admit I was still holding onto one night from several years ago.
I moved away in an effort to distance myself from the relationship, but remained great friends to both. After years of turning down potential partners, I decided I deserved to be happy. I dated a woman for four years, and while I loved her very much, it never matched what I feel for the bride.
Months will go by where I don’t think about her. But when I go back to visit, or if she’s brought up in conversation, I realize the feelings are still there.
So seven years into this ridiculous infatuation. The groom is like a brother to me and I think they’re great together. I have no delusions about a future with her. I just want to be able to move on.
Can I gain closure without coming clean to the bride or groom? Because I fear to do so would end both relationships.
This is basically the plot from “Four Weddings and a Funeral,” but I assume the outcome would be different, because life is not always like a movie. When you ponder the concept of “coming clean,” you have to also ask yourself: “What good would it do?” The answer here is “none.”
One way to gain closure would be for you to witness the wedding, and make a conscious choice to close the book on your infatuation. You’ve been moving toward this for several years, and you have largely been successful.
Continue to generously grant your friendship, and continue to keep your distance, because this seems to work for you.
My husband and I have been together for 12 years. We have lived in three different states for his job. Each new job helps him build his resume and increase his salary. I am a teacher, and have easily found jobs at each location.
He is being considered for yet another job across the country.
Although he makes significantly more than I do, each move puts me at the bottom rung of the ladder at my new school, and impacts my retirement savings. I have put
You are not responsible for your husband’s (possible) resentment. He is not responsible for your anger.
You should be equal partners in your marriage, regardless of your income. But there are practical considerations to consider.
Do not put off your education in anticipation of a possible move and then blame him. You should pursue school.
If you don’t want to move, assert yourself. Treat this like a negotiation between equals, with both agreeing to accept the result. You’ve modeled a great attitude during your moves. Now it might be your husband’s turn to buck up.
“Upset” was feeling overwhelmed by the sheer volume of toys and clothes her in-laws were heaping onto the grandchildren.
We went through this, too. Even with the “one toy in, one toy out” rule, it was still too much. We then told the grands that anything they wanted to give to the kids needed to stay at their house.
It took some time, but it worked!
— Room to Breathe
Copyright 2019 by Amy Dickinson