So Long…And Thanks For All the Writing MaterialJuly 16, 2012 at 8:13 am | Posted in Honesty, love, men, relationships, women | 3 Comments
Tags: Guardian Weekend, The Breakup Project
There were some poignant but funny reasons for ending a relationship in this Guardian Weekend article: not a recent piece, but one that has been waiting patiently, in the nook of my coffee table, to be discussed. They were taken from The Breakup Project, a truly democratic website which allows you not only to sever ties with that no longer ‘special someone’, but also with the rather more abstract concerns of death, God & fear of rejection. My favourite was this one:
We break up because communists always break up with me. We broke up because you are so busy being a communist, you forgot how to be a person, how to treat people. We broke up because there hasn’t been a revolution yet.
If I ever met this man or woman (but somehow, I think it’s the latter), I would ask her these two questions:
1) Just how many communists have you dated that you are able to utter the phrase, “because communists always break up with me”?
2) Are you going to stop dating communists now?
Karl Marx 1, matching Ikea bedside tables 0.
But I think the one to which I could relate most was this:
We broke up because you love the feeling of falling for a girl more than you loved me.
What touches me so much about that sentence is the way the tenses move from the present to the perfect. This is you now, this is the behaviour from which you can’t escape; that was you then and can only ever be you then.
Here are my most bizarre reasons for ending relationships:
We broke up because you were obsessed with World War Two, and I wasn’t.
We broke up because you wanted a civil partnership, and I had to break it to you that, being in a heterosexual relationship, we didn’t qualify for one of those.
We broke up because you ran away from the chavs in Coventry city centre. And then told me I was ‘just perfect’.
We broke up because you thought that aura photography was an actual career.
And the most bizarre of all:
We broke up because you had a vitamin D deficiency.
So come on, spill: what are the weirdest reasons for your relationships ending?