Why Does He Say No All The Time?

“Hey Darlin’, want to drive down to the beach and take a walk?”

“Not really,” he says keeping his eyes focused on the sports section.

“It is a beautiful afternoon and it will be cooler down there,” she says hopefully.

“Too much traffic and it will be a problem finding parking,” he says still focused on the sports section.

I used to allow scenarios like this to frustrate me. Feeling like my desires were being disregarded, I would feel anger somewhere in my belly and rather than deal with it, I would store it in some handy dandy inner receptacle, suck up my disappointment and withdraw from my partner emotionally. Hardly the pathway to a loving relationship.

Now I handle things differently. As much as I enjoy going places with my man…and I do, I even like going to Walgreens with him, I am starting to go more places alone and loving it! Yesterday, I took my little self right down to the ocean and enjoyed a beach walk…alone. I was alone with my thoughts and delighted with the people watching.

When I got home, I told him how much fun I had and how beautiful the ocean was. He asked about the parking and I told him it took a little time to find my spot, but not bad. He said “I don’t like the beach in the summer, it is too crowded. I prefer to go down there in the winter.” I said, “I like winter too, but it was fun watching all the different people enjoying the day.”

In my first marriage, I didn’t make the choice to do fun things on my own. If he didn’t want to go, then I didn’t do it. Slowly but surely, I built up some heavy duty resentment. I don’t know where I got the idea that a couple has to do everything together, but a part of me sure believed that was true.

These days my man and I enjoy our separate interests. If he is not up for something that I want us to do together, it doesn’t stop me from doing it myself. We do share beach walking from time to time and I love the hand holding romance of that, but you know what? The power and majesty of the ocean and the quietness of my thoughts when alone are pretty magnificent too.

When we met up at the end of the day, we went to Home Depot together to buy some supplies. Holding hands as we walked from the parking lot was sweet too, the view was just a bit more mundane!

I will keep inviting him to do things I want to do as a couple but I am not going to let his preferences keep me from having fun on my own! If I feel disappointed, that’s ok, I can find ways to tell him that. I find that just saying, “I need some Larry time” almost always opens him to me.

Learning to enjoy my own company,

Catherine

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3 responses to “Why Does He Say No All The Time?

  1. jessica

    That makes great sense. The other day my husband asked me if I wanted to go for a swim in our pool…I declined. Then I felt bad like I was pushing our time out just for a nap. When I layed down and actually thought about it, I realized that we don’t have to do everything the other asks us to do and we all need a little alone time now and then whether it be for a quick swim while the wife naps or a quick nap while the hubby swims!

  2. Catherine Behan

    How smart you are Jessica! In my first relationships with men, I used pouting and withdrawing to try to get my way. Didn’t work so good. Now I know that just speaking up gently and firmly and telling my man what I DO want to do, he appreciates my directness.

    It is my goal to make my man feel like he is the only man in the world, even when I decline an invitation.

    On Friday, HE invited me for a beach walk. Of course, he wanted to go at 5 am (who me? I didn’t know the clock registered at that hour!), while it wasn’t my favorite time choice, it was an easy compromise for me.

    As it turns out, the beach was spectacular in the early morning and we had a fabulous date and were home by 9.

    Taking a deep breath and loving my man!
    Catherine

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