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Old 10-18-2012, 06:31 PM
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Oh whoa wait a minute! You're the one working two jobs to pay for the boyfriend's school, while he's schnookering around with his "lab partner"! That's YOU! (I forget who's who when the pieces of story are in different threads.)

Ok, then what I just said goes twice as much. And I say dump the sonofabitch like, YESTERDAY.

Everything you are worried about and posted about before people's advice made you second-guess your gut feeling is true.

He "test-drove" the new model and decided to go ahead and trade the old one in. He's not man enough to break up with you because it would make him the "bad guy". You don't want him to be the "bad guy" but at the same time you don't want to be where you are.
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Old 10-18-2012, 07:19 PM
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Have you considered negotiating a temporary separation to give him a chance to be with only her for a bit, with a time limit and conditions?

Is the relationship really over if he chooses her, is it a deal breaker? Say if he decided to come back to you, would you take him?

Is he a burden to your happiness in any sense, financial, emotional, spiritual etc.?
Is this relationship two way, does your happiness matter at all or is he trying to control the reactions of the two people he wants so he doesn't have to feel conflicted or uncomfortable?

If he leaves, do you plan to withdraw your financial support? If so does he know this?
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Old 10-18-2012, 07:25 PM
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Is the relationship really over if he chooses her, is it a deal breaker? Say if he decided to come back to you, would you take him?

Are you prepared to be his "spare tire"? Do you think that the "leftovers" from his relationships with other people are enough to satisfy you? <--(not very "poly" of me to say that but I think you're dealing with a "serial monogamist" so "poly dogma" doesn't apply as far as I'm concerned) Do you want to set the expectation that he can fly by the seat of his pants and you get to suck it up and deal with it?

If the answer to any of these questions is "yes", then continue to be a doormat and you should be successful.
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Old 10-18-2012, 07:27 PM
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Were things going well until you were helping him financially for school?

Some people (seen it out of men more often if their romantic partner is helping them financially) cannot handle gratitude without growing resentful or feeling the relationship turn into a parent/child vibe.

I'd cut the purse strings and let him stand on his own. Send him off to new girly. Go go go boy go see what its about. If his tune changes fast, take it as a sign for caution -he could just be feeling needy more than actually wanting to work it out.
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Old 10-18-2012, 09:31 PM
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I have debated the options if we choose to separate or break up. Leaf is my best friend in the whole world. The idea of having nothing to do with him at all is hard to swallow. It might be necessary though. I know he would like us to remain in contact and for me to continue living in the city we currently are in. He would like to still have a relationship with me but not a romantic one. He would still love me as a friend. I have thought about moving back home to be with my family and friends. This has been such an emotional roller coaster for me and my trust in him is shattered.

A temporary separation sounds good at first, but then I think that I would spend the whole time waiting for someone who might not be coming back. It will just prolong the pain I'm in. If he ever decided to come back to me... I would probably forgive and take him back. I believe in second chances. I don't know what my situation would be so I can't say for sure. I don't think I could just sit there waiting though. I would go out and meet people and maybe even have another relationship by the time he came back. I can't guarantee him a place in my life if he won't give me a secure place in his.

I believe my happiness matters to him but only if the conditions of my happiness are not counter to his. In this case, making me happy would also make him sad because he will have to give up Flower. It goes both ways right now though because he doesn't want to make Flower happy by leaving me because that makes him sad. It's a catch 22 and I don't blame him for that. I do blame him for thinking that he doesn't love me "as much" as he loves her. This is the impression I get from him and while I can see it as NRE and ORE he kinda believes in the more/less love idea - which I have always shunned.

If he leaves he will have to support himself and he knows that. Our lease in conveniently up at the end of Nov. We will have to "divorce" our finances which will not be easy.

When I started supporting him it definitely put a strain on our relationship. I don't think there was any resentment between us but there was certainly a lot of stress trying to tighten the belt because I don't make a lot of money. We were used to a certain lifestyle and we had to greatly reduce it. We were doing better when I started a better job and kept my former job part time. He also worked over the summer and we were much happier as a couple when we didn't worry about money so much.

I still really want to sit down with Leaf and Flower and see if we can't work it out. I have known from the very beginning she didn't seem like a poly person. I don't think she understands what we want. I know Leaf still wants to be with both of us. I just don't know if he is capable of explaining it properly to her. He's not the best with words - that's me. I feel like if I could just talk to her then we wouldn't need this ultimatum at all. I want them to go through the NRE with me still by his side and then let us figure out the long term. She's not giving us that option right now.
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Old 10-18-2012, 09:40 PM
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She's not giving us that option right now.
He's not giving you that option. He's letting her decide how it's going to be. It's not her call unless he lets it be her call. He is letting her decide and letting you deal with it instead of owning his own part in it and making a decision like an adult.

If HE can't convince her to "give poly a chance", and he's the one she is in a relationship with, what makes you think YOU, "the other woman", can convince her? She sounds like a classic "cowgirl".

You are still young. Your life is not over if you break up with him. At least you don't have kids, or you'd be all in a wad about that too.
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Old 10-18-2012, 10:18 PM
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I still really want to sit down with Leaf and Flower and see if we can't work it out. I have known from the very beginning she didn't seem like a poly person. I don't think she understands what we want. I know Leaf still wants to be with both of us. I just don't know if he is capable of explaining it properly to her. He's not the best with words - that's me. I feel like if I could just talk to her then we wouldn't need this ultimatum at all. I want them to go through the NRE with me still by his side and then let us figure out the long term. She's not giving us that option right now.
Hon, what if you do all that and she STILL does not want polyship? When do you LISTEN?

Doesn't she have the right to seek the relationship shape that suits her?

Why bother asking her to compromise herself and her wants/beliefs just so you and Leaf can be happy?

Let her choose her next behavior. Let her go. Let her leave and find her next happiness.

Let him choose his next behavior. Let him follow her. If he thinks his happiness is with her -- well, go then.

Choose to let it all come out in the wash. You do not control their behavior. You can only control your own.

And you can choose YOU and YOUR next happiness. And this is totally true:

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I don't think I could just sit there waiting though. I would go out and meet people and maybe even have another relationship by the time he came back. I can't guarantee him a place in my life if he won't give me a secure place in his.
Breaking up is not the end of the world.

It's not flattering to him to be so wishywashy and keeping his established partner hanging like this. Not cool!

He is not giving you the right to clear communication or the right to responsiveness so you know where you stand. So... move it forward without his input. Reach out for stability for YOU. Set him free and separate finances and all that. Then you can get to a stable place even if you have to pass thru some short term ugh to get there.

If you end up coming back together at some point -- that's worry in future. Deal with what is here NOW. Choose to choose YOU.

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Old 10-19-2012, 01:16 AM
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A temporary separation sounds good at first, but then I think that I would spend the whole time waiting for someone who might not be coming back. It will just prolong the pain I'm in.
Ok first off don't sit around and wait. Live your life. Work on your financials, get a hobby, get out and make some other friends, find what makes you happy without him. My mom used to say to live well is the best revenge. Not that revenge is what I'm selling, just that if you take that space to meet your own needs for a while and live your own life you might find your willingness to put up with this drama greatly reduced. Besides confidence and self sufficiency will make you more attractive you may find someone even better, more mature, and more willing to be flexible. Love hard but never depend on someone to do for you what you should do for yourself. Ask for what you want, take no like a big girl, and ask someone else it's the magic of polyamory.

Loving him and wanting him to be happy is fine. But in a partnership there must be compromise and not just from you. Don't wait for him to meet your need for love. No relationship will succeed until you love yourself enough to be responsible for your own happiness, safety and orgasms.

Is it going to hurt? Hell yeah. Is it going to get better? Absolutely. Will you get the benefit? Only if you give it to yourself. Stand up for what you want but be willing to let it go and move on. Big Hugs and good luck. I hope you get the best of this issue.
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Old 10-19-2012, 06:14 AM
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Well thank you everybody. I truly needed some support and you wonderful folks provided. GalaGirl, you really hit the nail on the head for me. By the time Leaf came home from school I was simply at peace.

We are done. I asked him to just out with it and he did. He chose her - which I already knew really. I haven't felt so relieved ever before.

Now to start dividing up our lives.

I may still be back with more questions. He broke up with me, yes. And now he has to start trying to be monogamous again although he still loves two people. Leaf seems a little more scared than I am right now.

Thank you so much. I think I will sleep well tonight for the first time in weeks. I am happy. I am ready. Life goes on.
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Old 10-19-2012, 03:42 PM
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Thank you so much. I think I will sleep well tonight for the first time in weeks. I am happy. I am ready. Life goes on.
It's not easy. I hope you do get some good sleep tonight. Being on solid ground again even if you don't LOVE the choice is better. Being in limbo neither here nor there does not feel good.

Sometimes the choices in life are not win or lose but "this stinks" and "this stinks" and you just have to pick the least stinky one then.

I am glad you are feeling a bit happier. I am glad you chose YOU and chose to move yourself to stable ground again.

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