What’s It All For?



The sudden silences. The periods of no communication when before the airwaves crackled with the send and return exchange of text messages. The repeated calls throughout the day to talk of something and to talk of nothing, now gone and empty. The absence of a morning greeting. The absence of any greeting. Just absence. Cold and unremitting silences which stretch from hours, to days, to weeks. What was once there has been banished. What’s it all for? Perhaps he just wants some time alone?

The inability to ever say sorry. The frustrating failure to ever issue an apology, it is as if those words cannot be formed or do they manifest but something causes them to freeze so they never find the light of day? The denial of fault, the deflection of blame, the resolute and forthright rejection of any accountability. All you want is to hear her say it the once, to say sorry, to hear that admission and sense some humanity exists there after all. What’s it all for? Perhaps she believes that I will think less of her if she apologises to me?

The never-ending carousel of blame and accusation. The merry-go-round of that dizzying discussion which never reaches fruition. The whirling array of “I never said that”, “you do the same”, “you can’t keep accusing me” and so much more leaves you disorientated and nauseous. Just once, just one time, can’t something be resolved without this round-the-houses farce? Must it always be this way? Why is nothing ever put to bed? Why is everything buried alive? What’s it all for? Maybe he just doesn’t understand me, perhaps I need to be clearer about what I mean?

The broken engagements. The no-shows. The promises to meet and then the failure to appear leaving you upset, annoyed and miserable. He promised. He promised that this would not happen again. The frequent ringing and all you receive is the notification that the cellphone you are calling is not available right now. Where is he? Has he forgotten? He cannot have done, you spoke to him only four hours ago to remind him of the arrangements, especially after what happened last time. You miss him and you were so looking forward to spending the night together after a period of not being able to do so. Surely he should have remembered? The chasing messages “Where are you?”, “Are you near?”, “I have been waiting twenty minutes, where are you?”, “What’s happening, I am worried”. What’s it all for? Perhaps he has had to work late, or he is stuck on the subway or he has run out of charge for his ‘phone?

The repeated alterations to arrangements. The tears, the shouting, the disappointments, the rolling out of false explanations to try to ease their upset. Yes, he did say he would take you out today, he must be caught up with something else, why don’t we do something instead? How can he let the children down like this? The turning up without agreement and demanding to see the children. Forcing you into a corner in order to placate him so the children are not scared. You back off again and again. Always you making the compromises. Always you trying to explain away the increasingly unexplainable. The arguments about the arrangements, the lies about what was arranged, the confusion over details. What’s it all for? Is he going mad? Maybe you are?

The insults and slurs, the nasty words, the harsh put-downs and the savage comments. The vicious text message tirades sent at 3am, the blistering verbal attack down the telephone, the dressing-down in person just before a night out. The personal cutting remarks, the swear-words, the name-calling and the labelling. So hurtful, so demeaning, so upsetting. What’s it all for? Perhaps he just doesn’t love you anymore?

The chopping and changing. Last week’s steak had to be well done and now it has to be bloody. How were you expected to know, but you were? The eruption and the tantrum which followed demonstrated that you were the one to blame. Red is good, now it is bad. No soda with the vodka, but now he is banging doors and shouting because there is no soda. Sit there, no there, be quiet, say something, leave me alone, you never speak to me much these days, do it like that, no don’t do it like that, who taught you to do this it is brilliant, who taught you to do that you are an amateur, back and forth, push and pull, right then wrong. What’s it all for? Perhaps he just cannot remember or just wants to keep changing for the sake of it? Perhaps the pressure of work is really getting to him these days?

The argument over nothing. The argument out of nowhere. The argument when everything was going well. Why is she angry all of the time? Nothing is ever right but rather than discuss it in a civil manner and be reasonable with one another, there always has to be a fight. She could start an argument in an empty room. She seems to thrive on creating a scene. So many days, so many occasions, so many events all spoiled by the epic tantrum which she throws. What’s it all for? Perhaps she has anger management issues?

The sudden bouquet of flowers. The expensive perfume. The sudden trip away to somewhere exotic and exciting. The sensitive poem carefully written in copper plate and placed under your pillow. The sudden proclamations of love. The dizzying romance. The grand gestures. What’s it all for? He must really, really love me.

The accusations, the challenges, the pointed finger and the sneer. The demands for the truth when you are telling the truth. The inquisition and the interrogations over anything and nothing. The way you answered the phone, the way you wear your dress, the friends you said you were visiting, the time you came home. Always the questions, the allegations of lying, cheating and skullduggery. Every time this happens when you want to do something and he never seems to realise he does all of these things himself. What’s it all for? Perhaps he is just possessive because he cares so much?

The lies. The tales. The fabrications. Every day a new boast which is so outrageous that she must surely know she is telling a porky pie. The flagrant omissions of the truth. The repeated protestations that this is the truth even when you know she is lying again. The lies when the truth would serve her better. The inability to know she is lying. The fact she really does seem to believe her lies are her truth. What’s it all for? Perhaps she is just a born liar and a fantasist?

The disappearances whenever you need help. The excuses that he has something else more important when you require support. The sudden coldness when you call and explain how you have been bullied at work again. The distant look and the eye-rolling as you try to explain why you are crying. The sudden lack of availability when you need a hand. The fact you must fend for yourself even though you are too weak to stand and feel dizzy. The shirking of responsibility, the rejection of assistance and the distancing when you are injured. What’s it all for? Perhaps he just cannot stand the sight of blood or does not know what to do when somebody is ill?

The flirting, the staying out late, the drunkenness, the drugs, the gambling, the smell of perfume on his clothes, the receipts from lap-dancing bars, the hours and hours and hours spent watching porn online, the obsession with his video games, the sudden and mysterious trips away. What’s it all for? Perhaps he has an addictive personality?

The tears, the pleading, the begging, the demand for one more chance, the assurances that it will never happen again, the promises to get help, the panic in his eyes and the wailing from his mouth. The neediness, the repeated requests to make things right, the long involved explanations, the repetition of how we should be together and how good we are for one another, the promises, the future, oh the promises of what the future can hold for us both. What’s it all for? Perhaps he is broken and you should not walk away from someone in such need?

Maybe he struggles to express himself?

Maybe he just has never had anybody stand up to him?

Maybe she has problems with trusting people?

Maybe he is just disorganised?

Maybe he struggles with being a single parent?

Maybe he cannot help how he feels?

Maybe he is indecisive?

Maybe he feels unappreciated?

Maybe he really does love you?

Maybe that’s his way of loving you?

Maybe she is just different?

Maybe he doesn’t love you anymore?

Maybe he can’t help but feel jealous because he really does love you?

Maybe she tells lies to make herself feel better?

Maybe he struggles with responsibility?

Maybe she is tired?

Maybe he is lost?

Maybe she is over-worked?

Maybe he is stressed?


Maybe you don’t know what you are entangled with?

Maybe you make too many excuses for them?

What’s it all for?


20 thoughts on “What’s It All For?

  1. KtP says:

    Wow. There are no words. I was holding my breath through this and didn’t even realize it. How could I have been so stupid to have spent 4 years torturing myself, thinking this situation was just complicating and unique and …fixable? FML

  2. SarcNarc says:

    You got me thinking, H.G… What’s This Site For?

    1. K says:

      Telling knock-knock jokes.

      Why did the chicken cross the road?

      To hunt somebody down.

      Knock knock.

      Who’s there?

      The chicken.

  3. arshalys82 says:

    For what? What’s it all for ? Was it worth it ? Did it make you happy ? Are you happy ? What is happy ?
    I must have asked my husband these questions a million times… At first I felt bad for him it’s not easy being like this… but now after 6 years and a son I don’t give a shit whether it’s easy hard sad whatever …. I’m angry and I can appreciate that he has a problem but it’s HIS problem … I just need to be able to stick to my decision and not change my mind ….

  4. gabbanzobean says:

    On point as always. But you forget the “We are done having sex, we are having sex again”. Maybe he wants to do the right thing and atone for his infidelities? Nah, just a sex addict. And fuel as you always say.

  5. Windstorm2 says:

    This was a very good article, HG. The frenetic-paced style is very appropriate to how these things make us feel. Brought back lots of memories, although thank God I didn’t have to experience them all!

    1. HG Tudor says:

      Thank you Ws2.

    2. Diva says:

      Hi Windstorm2……..from what I can recall……and I wasn’t there too long…..but much of this article reminds me of my mid range narc…..Diva

      1. Windstorm2 says:

        I went back and reread it. I can see things from my midrangers and greaters in there and many things in the article I never experienced at all – like gifts, and begging and promises to do better. Just made me laugh thinking of my exhusband trying to beg someone for something or even promising to do better. I don’t think he could even do it! He’d probably spontaneously combust! If he was able to do it he’d probably have to take 50 showers to wash all the disgust off himself. 😄 Some ends just aren’t worth the means.

        1. Diva says:

          Hi Windstorm2…..I can honestly state that I have seen it all……albeit not all from the one narc……for me this article is a mixture of them all rolled into one…..Diva

  6. kimmichaud1 says:

    I sat in the park today reading old text messages it was a beautiful fall day I had my favorite ice coffee in hand I was amazed at how beautiful and poetic some of them were so enticing and entrancing no wonder I fell for everything what was it all for I finally know he wanted to kill me killing me softly with his words

  7. Kiava says:

    Excellent, H.G!

  8. K says:

    MatriNarc’s Hair-Pie

    When I was around 11-years old, my friends (3 of them) and I were in the living room (passing through) when my mother, who was lying on the couch in a MuMu, decides to sit up and talk to me. We all stop and she starts to blabber on about something, that’s when I noticed that her MuMu had hiked up high and her thighs were spread apart. HOLY SHIT! WHAT’S THAT? I did a double take. My mother’s giant-fat-hair-pie was showing. I was mortified and all I could think was: How the hell can I get my friends out quick!!! I think I just headed for the front door and they followed. Turns out my mother “Sharon Stoned” my narc twin, my MMRN and some of my twin’s normal friends, as well.

    1. K says:

      My POS. MMRN is here with me at my daughters school I FUCKING HATE HIM!!!!

      1. K says:

        This post is going into my Top 10 Favorites. The last 2 lines sum it all up very nicely.

    2. NarcAngel says:

      I threw up a little bit in my mouth and then choked laughing.

      1. K says:

        You have to laugh at the absurdity of it all! I got some more ToTNC coming up, so keep an eye out for them.

      2. K says:

        Correction: TFTNC, tales from the narc crypt.

  9. Rhyming Fun says:

    Or maybe, it’s past the effects of fuel, and they simply no longer care whatsoever even about that person’s fuel… thus, they ignore?

  10. PerpetuallyinHell says:

    Going through this now. I still live with him even though we aren’t together but there have been no flowers ….so what does one do when she is starved out ? Crawl into his bed just for one more time. I hate myself for doing that. He’s so nonchalant this morning after ignoring me for weeks and after last night.

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