on Mar 28, 2011 @ 11:39 am|
What would you guys say to him?
Ali de Bold
|Been in exactly the same situation on Mar 28, 2011 @ 01:34 pm|
Like, exactly the same. Same age, same situation with divorce, same amount of time in the relationship, etc.
I suspect he broke up with her prematurely because he didn't want to end up like your parents. That was the big motivator in my case.
Unfortunately if he was in love with her, he is probably going to experience a lot of regret for a long time over this.
The only thing I can suggest for him is to believe that if it is meant to be, it will be. It's so cliche but it is true. Her relationship with the other guy is most likely rebound and her response to him about never dating him again comes from hurt. I doubt she really means that.
He can tell her he regrets ending the relationship, but needs to give her the space she needs to get over the hurt. If he leaves her alone she will have time to think about this and if she really loves him, the good memories will replace the hurt from the breakup.
In my case it didn't work out that way. I didn't give him the space and kept trying to get him to take me back. It was pathetic, really. I think it made him stronger in turning me down. It may have been different had I not chased him, but then again maybe it didn't make a difference. Either way I'm really happy with my life now and the one I ended up marrying and so is he. Win win!
Big hugs for your brother. I know how much this sucks.
|poor child!!! on Mar 28, 2011 @ 03:23 pm|
What a horrible situation to go through! From what you described, it didn't sound like he was into her, and I completely agree with you, every girl needs a guy who's totally into her so in a way its a good thing for both of them that he broke it off. I'm sort of proud of the girlfriend that she refused to come back (how many of us would jump to get back with our ex's especially so soon after a breakup, and if they were going through a hard time?).
You sound like such a supportive sister! This is just one of those situations that will get better with time. I know my brother would be super defensive, push me away and turn a deaf ear to any advise I gave him if he was in this situation (I would do the same at his age too). Actually, if I got preachy on him, it'd alienate us that much quicker. I think you should just spend time with him, try to be as normal and keep the situation as normal as possible. Hang out together, don't let him feel too lonely. Casually talk about your relationship missteps so he might figure out that what he's going through isn't a big deal in the grand scheme of life.
This too shall pass, and once it does I'm sure he'll look back on it and thank God that his ex and him didn't end up back together again, as a second-time breakup is always messier and nastier. Not to mention its not fair on either of them.
It seems to me that he's feeling very lonely and looking for companionship. I think the genuine forever love you have between siblings is just what he needs to heal from this situation.
Big hugs for you and your brother ...
|Good point you guys! on Mar 28, 2011 @ 03:31 pm|
@ali- I agree completely with you, there is a lot going on here, so issues and feelings can get muddied together pretty easily and it's hard to figure out what he's really upset about or even if it's a combination.
@becky - you're right second break ups are that much worse because you are feeling like you made the mistake twice and you go through regret as well as sadness.
|Thanks you guys on Mar 28, 2011 @ 05:03 pm|
I guess I'll just keep being as supportive as I can. It's all about family stickin together.