Once upon a time, I had a lover…
(What does this have to do with today’s celebration of Mamas’ Day? Hmm, I dunno. Maybe ‘cause my motha is the most sexually liberated woman I’ve ever known? Or because, after every break-up, she is the first to bless me to “Go forth — and fuck!”
Or to quote her more precisely, that shawty says: “Vhen van penis leavez — replace vith anozzer! NEXT!”
Motha’s pretty rad, in an insane kinda way.)
So, anyway: Once upon a time, I had a lover. A friend of a friend, he’d been flirting with me for years, warming up all of my orifices with not just his Tall, Dark and Handsome routine but with his talent to make me laugh that equalled to that of my motha’s. (See: my shawty is gonna be all o’er this rant blog!) But the one thing I’ve learned from a previously debauched affair of my late twenties is this: Never settle for leftovers.
You see: The player — had a girl, and a lovely one at that. Of some exotic Eastern European heritage, she was driving him insane with that untamed, shameless sexuality we Slavs are known for; but also with her snappy ‘tude. After the first few years, the girl’s sassiness transformed into bitchiness, and she was making this player suffer, for real. But no matter how much he complained to me about being mistreated, I kept my ears open — but my Frederick’s of Hollywood on.
Naturally, when the mean Eastern European dumped his confused American ass — he came running to me; and call me an idiot, I received him with my arms — and legs — open. (Frederick’s of Hollywood — OFF!) But instead of nurturing him through his break-up into my Next Ideal Boyfriend (Tall, Dark and Handsome), I agreed to act as a stand-in for the woman who’s walked out on him such a short time ago, her perfume still lingered in the air. And in his bedroom. And in his car. I mean: I could taste the lovely inside his mouth! Brutal. Yet, still: I signed-up to be the rebound.
When we agree to that, my darling sistas, I guarantee we don’t make our mamas proud. So, okay: I’ve refrained from the dignity-raping, karma-wrecking, heart-breaking role of the Other Woman. But when I climbed on top of that player right after the Love of His Life has climbed off — I did myself no justice at all. For lost loves take time to mourn; and not until the brokenhearted commit to wrapping-up their tragic acts can they be willing to start the next chapter.
Once upon a time, I sat butt-naked on this player’s kitchen counter to compensate for our height difference; and while I was nibbling on frozen mangos and his neck, he pulled away and said:
“When you walked in tonight…”
“Yeah?” I purred, moving on to the earlobes — and more mangos; but he stopped me by cradling my chin with his manly hand the size of my lil’ Eastern European face.
“You looked so beautiful — I thought, ‘WHY IS SHE HERE?!’”
Once upon a time ago, I shrugged off the player’s comment as some odd compliment by a man which would take me years to decipher. I didn’t have years! I was a horny woman, on a mission!
But after just a month, that affair would go shit. Despite our friendship (or perhaps because of it), the man treated me with flippancy and indifference; while I kept telling myself that after enough time, he’d snap out of it — and there I’d be, in all my goodness ‘n’ glory. And, of course: We’d live “happily ever after”! But one night, he stood me up for a film date — and surprisingly quickly, I was over his manly taint. (That man was lucky my motha was never made privy to that ending of our love story; or she’d pull a Tony Soprano on his ass — and the Tall, Dark and Handsome would be no more.)
Last night, something crawled up my ass. (Settle down! I wasn’t having sex.) I couldn’t sleep. Oh, yes! I remember: I was releasing the most recent love of mine, upon his request. It took me a couple of weeks to stop throwing tantrums and realize the man just didn’t want me. Despite the excuses he granted me: bottom line — he wanted out!
With my self-delusions evaporating on every exhale, I slid open my windows and turned off the lights, letting the hollers of youth playing their Hollyweird games on my street enter my sanctuary. How I was hoping that their voices would overcrowd the one dominant one in my head — and in my very gut where there lives my motha’s intuition — and I would distract myself enough to reunite with the illusion that I finally got the man I wanted!
“He’ll change his mind.”
“He’ll come back.”
Yet, there I sat, in the dark. Alone. Alone — again.
In the midst of this post-break-up meditation, I heard the ghost of the Tall, Dark and Handsome… and asshole! (Sorry: Motha has taught me better than to lose my graces; but during break-ups (and behind the wheel of my sports car), I often suffer from Tourette’s.)
“WHY IS SHE HERE?!” reiterated the player; and suddenly I realized that besides being complimentary at the time, his comment was a recognition of his unworthiness — of me! — and his unreadiness to be with a magnificent woman my motha has taught me to be. He needed to pay his dues, still; to suffer through more bitches in his life; until he himself realized that he deserved to reach for the goodness I was proposing with my taut body (again: thanks, mom!) and my generous, compassionate, exceptional heart (ditto!).
Now, this rant is not about horn-tooting. (Hah! That sounds naughty: “horn-tooting”.) It’s more than that. This — is a fucking parade through your towns, cities and hamlets, my ladies. To celebrate you — the magnificent daughters of your magnificent mothers — is my mission. But since I may not be around during your own personal lapses of self-worth, I pray you listen to your mamas; for they are the ones reminding us that we deserve to be loved by men who, day in and day out, strive to be worthy of us.
But then again, in this unhappily ending story, it’s not about our self-esteem (and if you ever let a player affect it, I myself will go Tony Soprano on your taut asses). It’s about the men’s.
Until then, we, good girls, are better left alone — and single — and magnificent, just like our mamas: