Monday, September 26, 2011

NOT NOSY ENOUGH

I have been feeling pretty sad lately. Please, bear with me...

Before I got married, I was in a pretty serious relationship with a certain T. We got connected through a common internet friend, Kak L. We started emailing each other, from discussing daily stuff to politics & religion, and sometimes just forwarding silly jokes. Well actually I've written about him before, but I don't feel like sieving through past posts and linking it now. Anyway.

Internet relationship is in a class of its own. You don't meet face to face, so you are not judgmental nor distracted by the other person's looks. Whether he wears designer clothes or a shirt from Jusco is irrelevant. For the same reason, you are less inhibited, and tend to write more intensely. So we got to know each other's mind and heart quite well. We don't always share the same opinion, but we got on very well. So well that I started to have feelings for him. He made my days very exciting and happy.

We did meet and talk on the phone, but not often. He is a pretty religious person, and at that point was doing extra studies under the tutelage of a prominent religious scholar. Slowly, his emails too start to hint at taking the relationship further. And I waited for him to actually pop the question, but it never came. To cut a long story short, he had misunderstood one of my emails, and he waited too long, and someone else 'cut in' - my ex, to be exact.

I accepted my fate. I accepted losing him through a stupid misunderstanding on his part. And I also accepted the rest of my marriage which is now a history. But in a moment of weakness a few months after the big D, I had contacted him again. I needed someone to console me, and he had always known how to pacify me, advise me religiously, make du'a for me. He guided me away from my crazy rantings. And somehow our relationship revived. This was in 2003, I think.

Only a few months later did I find out that he was married. I got very upset and wanted out. But him being of a religious background, started to educate me on the virtues of poligamy. Now that's a tough call, as I have never been exposed to that before. No one in my family, cousins and all, have ever been poligamous. Although I do not reject it as it is allowable in Islam, but I never considered it for myself.

But I learned. I read up on it, and my perspective changed somewhat. He too went a step further by telling his wife about me. Several times he asked me to meet him & his wife, to see for myself that a poligamous marriage is workable. Indeed one time during raya, he had actually parked in front of my house and I could see him from my bedroom window, but I told him to turn back, I was not ready for him to meet my parents. Rather, I know that my parents abhor the idea of poligamy!

Anyway, all that happened in 2003 and 2004, I think. During that re-connected time, he proposed directly 3 times, while hinting many more times, but I wasn't ready. Later he told me that he was taking another wife, a divorcee working at the same place. I respected his intention, it made me look up to him more, because I know that his reason for poligamy is an honourable one, to help divorced ladies find their foothold again. Much as what he intended to do for me. Indeed, this was what was practiced by our beloved Muhammad s.a.w.

Now here comes the miserable part...

By virtue of my work, I have access to some database, internal and external. I've had it forever, but don't know why, a couple of weeks ago, I decided to look him up. And only then did I realize that despite knowing a lot about this person's heart & mind, but I didn't know much about him. And for my nosiness, I got quite a shock, padan muka aku.

A search on the databases produced his NRIC and address, and of some other people connected to him. He was actually much older than myself. Come to think of it, I never did ask his age. He had different addresses, the earlier one in KB and the current one in BBB. OK not a problem there. But googling him, I found that he has 7 kids from his first wife. And that his second daughter had recently tied the knot last year at the age of 22... do you see it yet?

The time when we first got hooked up, he was already married, with teenage kids!

But he never gave a clue about it, even when we met and then came across some friends of his, he introduced me as 'the one' as if he didn't already have someone in his life. Why? I felt betrayed, but maybe it's partly my fault for not being nosy enough to establish those things first, earlier in the relationship. But I couldn't have known, could I? Wouldn't the onus to disclose such matter fall on him?

It is so sad finding out that someone you trust and respect so much, has not been truthful from the beginning.

SubhanAllah.

4 comments:

VersedAnggerik said...

Sometimes kan, it is not the other party yg deceive kita but our own mind and emotions. We choose to believe what we want to believe bcoz it makes us feel good. We wanna everything to be hunky dory good that we mentally and emotionall 'black out' tell tale signs.

Not that I'm saying U were besotted or anything, cuma kita ni lebih mudah berbaik sangka dari tidak. Tu yg jadi camnih.

On the other hand. I looooove that U have started writing again, regularly. Yours were among the first blog I read when I wanted to start blogging dulu! Do keep writing, U are inspiring! (in a weird way!)

JIE said...

Salam Versed,

Feels good to be back :-)

Some of what you wrote, I agree with. But I was much younger and inexperienced then. Sure I've had guy friends, but he was the first serious relationship. Maybe my eyes were clouded by my heart, hey?

I especially treasured the religious side of him, mencari ummara gitew kaaann? Itu yang sedih sangat.

Darth Trust said...

Wah panjang cerita ni. Macamana saya boleh terlepas.

Anyways I hate dishonesty in marital status. I ALWAYS tell people I am married. Well adalah sekali dua *terlupa* bagitahu tapi kalau dah serious sampai nak jumpa potential in-laws, I will make sure they know who I am.

Kih kih kih

JIE said...

Salam Hansac,
Alahai, apa khabar? I pun dah lama tak blogging, ni baru start balik.
Anyway, apa salah berterus-terang? Be honest and stand tall against the consequences, you will be respected. Brutal cam Hansac huuhuu!
Ehhh... bro, I'm not invited to read ur blog anymore kaa... sedey taww... :-(