Sunday, October 26, 2008

On my own again.

Well, I am alone again after enjoying Joost's company for 2 days and I have to say that it did me a lot of good and that suddenly The Exfactor has shrunk a bit in dignity and respect in comparison to Joost's good and upright character. The man who would literally not hurt a fly. I was very tempted to proposition Joost to have a 'living apart together relationship', but then I was worried about destroying our good friendship, so I did no such thing. We have such an easy camaraderie that I would hate to loose that by propositioning him with an idea that could not be further from his mind.

But being around him opened my eyes to some thing. Basically what it is to be with a good and decent human being who does not play a game and who is completely upright and honest, almost innocent in his approach to the world and the people in it. And who is so gentle and careful around other people and so respectful of them, it amazes me. No matter what kind of dysfunctional person you turn out to be, he keeps on giving you friendship and respect.

Well, I'm impressed, more so than other times when I had to share him with The Exfactor and had less time to spend alone with him. The Exfactor is so dominantly present that other people don't get noticed as much.

I shouldn't speak ill of the Exfactor, but only speak positively of Joost. I suppose I saw him through new eyes this weekend. That's good, that's eye opening to me and it makes me a stronger person than I was before, because I know something now.

Anyway, Joost said he would be back at Christmas time, so that won't be too long.

We spent half the day in our pajamas talking politics and didn't get dressed until noon, when we had to walk the Überhund. It wasn't cold out and there was a brisk wind blowing the last of the leaves off the trees. The Überhund skipped and jumped around as if he was on an outing. He plum wore himself out. I made grilled cheese sandwiches when we got back, but was only able to eat half of one, much to my chagrin. I made them with young aged cheese and they were the best.

I got another dip in the afternoon, but this time at 2 PM, because of the time change. I told Joost about it and he helped me through it in his unobtrusive way. I didn't have to outperform myself, but could just be my downcast self and partake of the conversation that way. What I really wanted to do was go to sleep, but I felt I couldn't do that.

On another note, our marriage and divorce had to be registered in The Hague, because we had been married overseas and that was the last obstacle to make it all legal. I got notice in the mail yesterday that this has been done now, so all the legalities have been taken care of and I am now truly an unmarried woman.

I am going to put my pajamas on now and my bathrobe and curl up on the sofa and watch some dumb TV. That's what I am in the mood for. Maybe I'll eat something nice, if I can find it.



VioletSky said...

You are your own woman.

Stinking Billy said...

irene, after your Dutch translation of Joost to Yoast I spent a few moments trying to come up with a little verse to hopefully amuse you. Stuff like boost being boast and roost being roast, but there weren't enough suitable English words and I had to give up. Pity. ;-)

laurie said...

visits from true friends are what life is all about.

joost sounds like the truest of friends.

Millennium Housewife said...

Irene, that post was a joy to read, thankyou. I know just what you mean about Joost, you described my husband to a tee (not the Husband I write about in the blog, I'm afraid I go for fiction and laughs!) But you did remind me about how I fell in love with him and have put a little bit in the sidebar of my blog just for him. Thankyou. MH

Maggie May said...

Glad you had a good time with your friend. I am using my daughter's computer while away.

Maureen said...

Now that I am back from my trip to Toronto, I can catch up again!

So glad to hear you had a great visit with your friend... Too bad he didn't live closer that you could see him more often.

I hope your Monday goes well. Take care.

Wisewebwoman said...

I have a Joost in my life too Irene and to lose him would be sad so we are the best, the best of friends. I hear you.
Lovely you can have such a good friendship and I love your sidebar pic!

CC said...

I am so glad you had a wonderful weekend and that another visit is not too far off. Loved reading about your weekend!

Mean Mom said...

Joost sounds like good company. It seems that you can just relax with him. I'm glad that you had a good time.