Saturday, November 24, 2012
Speaking of things that hit you sideways, Campbell got married a few months ago. We'd been good friends for a few years, and then early last year he kind of fell off the planet. He was there for me when my engagement broke up, and I was there for him when the same thing happened to him. I always felt safe with him, safe and appreciated, so it was hard when I realized we were never going to get married. I still wonder why, but I got some clarity talking to his cousin this past spring. The conversation started out awkwardly but eased up as we went along; she was concerned about how I was taking the news of his engagement and I felt I could trust her, so I told her it had been a little difficult. She said that she and her husband had wondered why Campbell had never dated me; apparently, he talked about me all the time. In her words, he adored me. Why, then, didn't he choose me?
My silent, agonizing question was answered as his cousin went on about his fiancee: she needed to be rescued. Campbell's fiancee had been married before, to an abusive and manipulative man, and she needed to be rescued from that trauma. One thing I know for sure about Campbell is that he would NEVER hurt a woman. He is incredibly protective--protective to the point of doing violence to another person. When he found out more details about what my ex-fiance had done, he told me that he was willing to break my ex's nose if he started bothering me again. Another time, we were talking and when another man walked past and gave me a leer that I didn't notice, Campbell put his arm around me and glared at the guy until he stopped looking at me. I'm not the biggest fan of violence, but it is nice to feel protected when you're with someone.
Campbell needs to be the hero, and Mrs. Campbell needed a hero. I'm glad she found such a good one. I don't need anyone to rescue me from a bad situation anymore (although it would be nice if someone out there had an extra $200K to give us), but I really want to be adored by someone. Adored enough that he wants to be with me and no one else. Thanks to Campbell, at least I know I'm worthy of that kind of love, loyalty, and respect.