Online Course Launching February 2020! ILLUME: Emotional Honesty without Anger, Fear, or Regret.

Four Keys to Surviving Your Spouse’s Emotional Vacancy

I was puzzled early on. We were newlyweds, and he had professed his undying love to me in front of all our friends and family, yet something was strangely missing. When my birthday came around, only a month and a half after our wedding day, I had sort of expected something special to happen.

Instead, he bought me shoes. From Payless.

Okay, so shoes are good, I like shoes, but the whole thing was a bit odd.

I would ask him what his favorite food was, or his favorite song. I wanted to store up this information for later use on birthdays or anniversaries. Eager to get to know my new hubby better, I asked him lots of these questions.

But his answer was always, “I don’t know.”

I was perplexed. As a woman who has lots of favorite things, knows what she wants, and isn’t afraid to tell people what that is, this was new, foreign territory. I didn’t like it.

I wanted to give him the benefit of the doubt. Maybe he just needed to think about it for a while....

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