"He Wants Me to Be Donna Reed"
Her Turn, continued
"My career is exciting but challenging, and with the industry in a slump right now, my performance is especially important. If I lose an author to a competitor, I don't want to speak to anyone until I get my head together. But when I'm in that kind of mood, Drew doesn't console me or give me a pep talk. He just says, 'Don't worry, hon. It won't be long before you can kick back and have a baby.' I don't appreciate having my work dismissed that way.
"For a long time, I thought Drew might be dismissing me because I wasn't loving or sexy enough. So I'd cook a special dinner, and he would wolf it down and then go pack for his next trip. I'd cuddle next to him on the sofa, and he'd move away. But I sucked up my pain, telling myself that I was just being selfish.
"With Drew traveling all the time, I started to go out for drinks or dinner with friends from work. That's how I met Bruce, and one thing led to another. After we slept together for the first time, I was sick with guilt, but then I realized that I wouldn't have done it unless I was very unhappy. Bruce listens and gives me sensible advice. He knows how to relax, be spontaneous and have fun. And he never tells me I should quit my job.
"When I told Drew that I was leaving, he apologized for not paying enough attention to me. But I honestly don't think he can change."