I fucked up big time.
I’m a bisexual woman who is very flirtatious by nature. I’m a polyamorous woman who understands and appreciates ethical monogamy as a valid and rich relationship model. Unfortunately, I’m also a heavy drinker on Saturday nights, and I sometimes don’t make the best judgments.
I don’t flirt with my girl friends’ girlfriends. I don’t flirt with my female friends’ husbands or boyfriends. But I most certainly – and often – flirt with my male friends’ girlfriends. Most of my guy friends take this with a grain of salt; they laugh, or they think it’s hot, or they wish it were more than flirting.
Or maybe they don’t. Maybe it annoys the fuck out of them, but there’s a societal pressure on men to say they want to see two women entwined. Maybe they’re seething inside their heads.
Last Saturday night, I was behind the bar – the bar I call my second home – with said bar owner’s girlfriend. This guy is a good friend and one of the most genuinely generous and compassionate people I have ever known. I made out with his girlfriend in front of the whole bar, thinking it was no big deal. She enthusiastically participated, and we were just being drunk and silly. Or so I thought.
When I walked out from behind the bar, I was immediately yanked aside by a mutual friend, who looked me in the eye and said, “Not cool.” I didn’t understand… until I looked backward and saw my friend looking at me with hurt eyes. He called me back, and took me into the kitchen.
“Why would you do that to me?” He asked. I have never felt so ashamed in my life. He said that people were coming up to him asking him why his girlfriend was kissing someone else, and he didn’t know what to tell them. Because I was drunk, I burst into tears and started profusely apologizing… I told him I loved him. That I would never intentionally hurt him. That he’s one of the best people I’ve ever known. That I didn’t know what to say, either, except I’m so sorry. I didn’t give excuses or reasons, because there weren’t any.
I’m sorry isn’t enough when you hurt a friend.
I know there’s nothing I can do to make it better except let the natural balm of time run its course… but. Nothing except time and a little more fucking awareness of people’s feelings.