"Perhaps it would be easier if we could be together," she thought. She understood the warnings that people had given about the hardship of maintaining a long distance relationship. All they could do was talk on the phone; no date nights, no sitting in front of the TV, no kisses or hugs. Just words. It seemed that lately Jim overanalyzed every sentence she spoke. Her words were taken out of context and used against her. Tanya felt that either Jim didn't love her or that he loved her too much, in some weird possessive way that made her uncomfortable.
Sure, she went out with friends and, sure, some were men. But they travelled in groups and everything was completely innocent. She had no interest in other men, no interest in flirting or pursuing any romantic relationship. All of her friendships were completely platonic, so why didn't Jim trust her?
She understood some of his reasoning, of course. She had lied to him once but that was long ago, and she was only telling him what he wanted, or needed to hear. She didn't mean to betray his trust. Rather, she was trying to protect his feelings. And, in a way, trying to protect herself. Tanya knew that she was wrong, but it hadn't seemed like that big a deal at the time. Apparently it was, at least to Jim.
And now, because they weren't together physically, she had no way to prove that she was being truthful. He doubted everything--every friendship she told him about, every outing she enjoyed without him. What was she supposed to do--sit alone in front of the TV every night?
For a few days Tanya had even considered giving up her career and relocating just to be with him. She believed that being together would solve everything.
"We love each other; surely we can fix these problems," they both believed. But that was several weeks and countless arguments ago. Tanya no longer believed that now.
"Will tonight's call turn into another shouting match?" she wondered. "Will he yell at me again about what a liar I am? I don 't want to hear those ugly names he calls me. Maybe I just won't answer the phone."
And yet, she still held on to the dream of love that they once shared. So when the phone rang, Tanya answered out of curiosity, hoping that maybe this time would be different. Accepting the call, her confidence deflated as Jim spoke. Nothing had changed for him. It was clear to Tanya: she could not continue; it was time for both of them to find some peace in moving on.
Tanya decided then and there. She blocked his emails and subscribed to caller I.D., enabling her to ignore his attempts at communication. She loved Jim and always would. She had grown in this relationship and she hoped to remember the good times they shared. But right now Tanya needed to take care of herself. Moving on was the only way for her to renew her sense of worth. Her happiness depended on it.