Gifts and their Consequences

19 Jun

One of the things that attracted me to M was his generosity – when he is in funds he likes to spend money on his friends and loved ones. Fine wine, good food, art, things that he thinks the person will enjoy. In the beginning I was impressed with this side of him, but I have since learned that his gifts come with strings.

For instance, early in our relationship he bought me a leather jacket. It’s a very nice jacket, but a bit too fitted for my taste – I’m always cold, so I want my jackets to be roomy enough to wear a layer or two underneath so I don’t shiver all day. Therefore, this jacket has a very short and specific season when it can be worn with any comfort. You can see where this is headed, right? M thought that I should wear the jacket much more often than I did, and I should wear it for very specific things, and with certain pants, etc. etc. etc. The way I was actually using something that he bought for me, as a gift, was cause for criticism and judgement. He has said many times that he should give the jacket away to someone who will appreciate it and wear it as it should be worn. At this very moment it’s in the back of a closet because I can’t stand the sight of it. Anything that he gives to me must be used as he intended it to be (even if he doesn’t say what he expects) and should be treated as a sacred object (Like the riding boots I wore every day because I loved them so much – he about had a stroke when he found out I was wearing them to the barn and to ride my horse. Hello! They were riding boots!)

Anyway. I am studying the violin. A friend had a very nice violin that needed a bit of work. I asked to do the work because I’m interested in learning how violins are made and it was an easy project. After it was finished and playable again I called our friend and he told me to keep it and play it for a while. I had a ton of fun using an instrument that I know I would not be able to afford to own and was fully prepared for it to go back to its real home. M said that our friend wanted $400* for it, which is a good price, but I’m working two part-time jobs and don’t have that kind of spare change lying around, nor would I be able to justify myself to M if I bought it because he is faaahhhreeekeeeed out about money right now.

Cutting to the chase, I made a comment about the strings needing to be replaced on this nice violin, but that I didn’t have the cash to buy the expensive strings that our friend prefers, so it will have to go back into the case to await pick up.

Very late last night M came in to the bedroom with a delighted look on his face. “I bought you a new fiddle,” he says.

“What?” I’m exhausted and half asleep and really not in the mood for whatever kind of shit this is going to turn into.

“I bought you a new fiddle just now.” He really is gleeful.

“Where did you buy me a new fiddle? What kind?” It hadn’t occurred to me that it was the violin that I’ve been playing for three months.

“B’s fiddle – he just agreed to sell it to me!” He’s so fucking happy, and I am so tired.

“Wow! That’s great! Thank you!” Now please let me sleep…Please?

I tried to be as effusive with my thanks as he thinks he deserves (it really is a nice violin, and I really do appreciate being able to keep it) and keep a happy face, but it was late and I was very tired. I changed the strings today and played for a while even though I’m tired (do I say that too much? This month has been a bitch and I need a nap!)

This will end badly, if every other gift he’s given me is any indication, it remains to be seen what direction it will take, but I am prepared.

* I knew B would want (and deserve) more money than I could pay, so I never asked what he might want for the violin. I was just happy to be able to play an instrument that is far above my abilities. Being the bitch that I am, I hacked M’s email to see what he paid for it (empty your trash folder!) $200.00. Cheaper than it should have been, especially as it comes with a very nice case and bow – essentially what B has in to it and nothing more. I might have been able to pay that, but it’s too late now…


Posted by on June 19, 2012 in Gifts, Today


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16 responses to “Gifts and their Consequences

  1. Paula

    June 22, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    Save the money and give it to M, however long it takes. You don’t need this hanging over you. What an ass. My X would beg me to let him pay for things, but I wouldn’t let him. He actually said that I must not love him or I would let him take care of me. Absurd! I couldn’t win. (And really, I didn’t care about winning or being right all the time. I just wanted some respect for being independent in thought as well as financially.) 😦

  2. iwonttakeit

    June 23, 2012 at 10:48 am

    It’s all part of his score keeping system and I am perpetually behind with no hope of ever catching up. Ironically he accused me of being a score keeper the other day because I brought up an incident that was 9 months old to illustrate how he cuts me off in conversation. Paying him back is not an option because he won’t let me. I will have to get him a gift of greater value to “even the score.” Healthy relationships don’t look like this, do they?

    • Paula

      June 23, 2012 at 11:09 am

      No. Healthy relationships aren’t about keeping score of gifts or who is right. They’re about reciprocated respect, love, and sharing. When you’d rather be alone than be with your significant other, something needs to change. Maybe he’s unaware of how he is and how it hurts the relationship. Maybe he doesn’t care. But you will find out which one fits him, I’m sure.

      • iwonttakeit

        June 23, 2012 at 11:28 am

        Sad to say, but I’ve always preferred my own company – no games to play, no obligations to cater to someone else’s needs while my own get neglected (I’ve never had an “equal” relationship.) Maybe that has influenced the way I approach relationships, or maybe bad relationships are the reason I prefer to be alone.

        I haven’t yet decided if he is aware or not of his hurtful actions. If it turns out that he is fully aware of what he does I will burn him down. If he’s just an ignorant cave man I will leave and not look back.

        The problem will be deciding what to do in the event he wants to change. After wasting 25 years on men who needed some sort of “fixing” I am done. It’s just not worth it. The reward never comes.

      • Paula

        June 23, 2012 at 12:53 pm

        Very true. We can’t change anyone or force them to be better people. It’s one of the key reasons women (and men) remain in abusive relationships (be they emotional or physical) and lose themselves. It seems like a simple realization but we come to it almost too late.

  3. buckwheatsrisk

    June 26, 2012 at 11:25 am

    sadly i understand this all too well, my mother, sister and i were never allowed to buy our own clothes or decide what to wear on our own…mother still isn’t.

    • iwonttakeit

      June 29, 2012 at 11:12 am

      As a kid, Mom had some say about our clothes (nothing “slutty”) but my Sis and I were modest enough by nature not to need much editing of our clothing choices.

      Now that I’m an adult, the men in my life have all wanted me to dress “hot” which goes against my nature and against my personal beliefs that women should not be objectified for the gratification of men (that’s another post!) and so I have resisted. Besides, we all know that as soon as I got some approving looks or comments it would lead to yet another lecture about what a whore I am, no matter who chose the outfit that caused the stir.

      There’s no way to win this one, so I refuse to play – I wear practical clothes in drab colors that do not emphasize my attributes and I do it for the simple reason that I am not an object to be ogled by men, my own or others.

      • buckwheatsrisk

        June 29, 2012 at 11:18 am

        i hear you there! thankfully my Hubby is good with me dressing how i’m most comfortable, i think when i am comfortable being me, that is sexy 🙂

  4. iwonttakeit

    June 29, 2012 at 11:29 am

    You are so right!

  5. El Guapo

    January 2, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    I really hope M doesn’t manage to turn you off from the music.

    • Sofia Leo

      January 2, 2013 at 6:08 pm

      Not a chance he will take music from me. In fact, I play all the time when he’s not home. Just the other day he complained that I haven’t “played for” him in months. Well, why would I – he’s full of “advice” and criticism and I just can’t stand it any more.


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