Dear Robyn and Skippy,
Now most guys out there will say, when asked, that at one point in their lives they dated the Devil. Very few men though, I have discovered, have found themselves in a similar position to mine.
The day I found myself clutching a rosary, Bible held high, and next of kin on speakerphone, chanting Latin at the writhing, screaming, cursing form of what some would call my girlfriend, was the day I decided my father’s words really rang true, “Boy, you really know how to pick ’em dontcha?” My back at the time looking like a runner-up for a Ms. USA Scratching-Post competition (it’s probably a thing,) and my voice raw from shouting, I decided, “Yeah…this is probably a dealbreaker.”
That was my experience with what was to become ex-girlfriend #3. So, imagine my surprise when a month later she reached out to me again, to inform me that she was now receiving help (and much needed medication) and was starting to get better. Now, when you’ve hit rock bottom and then continued on down to Hell, all you really have to go is up, right? So, I decided that, yes, if you’re getting help, we can at least be friends.
Ha. Ask me how that turned out.
Now, this might be the most extreme case, but I have a pretty regular habit of befriending my ex’s. In general this hasn’t been a huge problem when it’s just us reconnecting a few years later and all the intimate bits are but mere twinklings in the spank banks of our minds. However, I find that most people decry this kind of friendship and call me a fool for trying to stay friends with an ex now that the relationship is said and done. It seems that the general consensus is that there’s too much temptation there to stay friends with someone you’ve been so close with. Or, on a different note, people are quick to remind you that there was a very clear reason you broke up, and that it won’t simply go away just by “being friends.”
Oh yeah, I have to ask a question. Uh…
Can we ever truly separate what was once-upon-a-time and move on to a lovely platonic state of mind? Or are we forever a few jello-shots shy of a horrible deja-vuesque morning after?
Read Robyn’s response here: She Says: A Friends With Benefits Clusterf#@%
Read Skippy’s response here: He Says: To Hit or Not To Hit?
Leave your comments below. What do you think? Should Chris Cross stay away from the jello shots?