The Marcus Graham Chronicles: An Open Letter to My Exs

The Marcus Graham Chronicles is my personal journey of dealing with love and relationships. It is called the Marcus Graham Chronicles because of my affinity for the movie Boomerang and how the main character of Marcus Graham relates to me as the “black professional” man. You can check out previous posts in this series here.

In this evolution and journey to cure this condition that I have coined the Marcus Graham Condition. There is a moment in Boomerang where Marcus Graham has to sit with himself and face all the of the ills of the world he has put on women in his past. Though this will be no where as deep of a process as Marcus had. This below I have decided is one of the best ways to move forward and become a better man you have to acknowledge some of the ill will you have done in the past. This is my attempt at purging my soul to the women of my past…

Dear __________,

I finally answered the questions to get my  Relationship Credit Score, as reluctant as I was to do it (and yeah, yeah, I wrote it). My score wasn’t too surprising – not low, but not the best it could have been. It indicated areas in my life I needed to work on. I’m not stupid, I know you probably could give two shits about this letter. But hell, I’ve been doing  a lot of soul searching and its time to let sleeping dogs lie (or put them totally to sleep) if I’m going to continue my quest to be come a better man.

I have a lot I need to work on and things I have to take ownership of. Things I did wrong. It’s real easy to justify the fucked up shit you do in life, especially when you come up with lame and unsubstantial reasons for doing the dirt. I know I could have done things better in the relationship. I’d make bad decisions and claim “The Onus Was Not on Me” . It’s funny how we can go through our whole lives and blame others for our woes in life without taking any ownership for what we do. I blamed you for my relationship woes, shrugged my shoulders and chalked it up as part of “the game”.

I had to sit back and really dissect my part in our break-up… I may have given up to soon on our relationship… or maybe I didn’t give up soon enough. Maybe I strung it out just because of an “internal fear of loss”. Maybe I needed to have heeded the words Bishop Don Juan gave to me when it comes to love. Maybe I should have held on too you longer and put more of myself into our relationship. Perhaps I should have let you go, knowing  I wasn’t totally into the relationship. I could have been a little more caring. I could have been a bit more forthright. I could have been a bit more patient and more understanding. I could have been a a lot less Marcus Graham. But, we both know playing the “What IF Game” will get me you nowhere ( Shit, if IF was a spliff we all would be high). The past is the past. Hindsight is always easier to see NOW, especially when we needed it THEN.

I’d advise you not to take much offense, but I have to say…you’re crazy as cat shit. Yeah, I said it. You.are.  But, I know I played my part in your developed insanity. On the flip-side, that would mean I was somewhat crazy for being with you. They say like-minded people are attracted to each other, right? Considering all the crazy things you said and did) I’ll be honest and admit… I may have induced some of that craziness. Hell, when you’re in love you do stupid crazy things. We both surely did our share. Maybe you more than me but hey, perception is everything. You probably thought I was the crazy one.  There were a lot of things you did to me that never sat well with me then (and still don’t now) but this letter will address my choices, not yours.

You’ve probably read many of my editions of The Marcus Graham Chronicles . I figure you  either laugh or grimace at them because you already know that I’m a jackass. The thing is, while you may have ill-will towards me, talk shit about me, or maybe even hate me… I don’t feel that way about you! It’s cool, and I understand you need to do what takes for you to move forward in life. Maybe you’re not cool with me and give me a “side-eye” every now and again – that’s okay, too. I can accept how you feel about me as long as you’re happy. When we’re with someone (or breaking up with them) people like to  say…”You’ll never find someone who will treat you like I did”. That may be true, but maybe there’s someone who can treat you better than I did… and I accept that.

You were there for me in ways words can’t even begin to describe. This, I cannot deny. I will always be in debt to you. Despite (and maybe because of) all the ups and downs we put each other through, I truly am happy and grateful you came into my life…. even though we’re may not meant to be. I appreciate you for everything you taught me about myself, the world, and for making me better for future relationships. Because really, “I want you happy even if it’s not with me.” -Mason Betha (aka Mase)

All My Best,

D. Frierson

Recovering addict of the Marcus Graham Condition

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20 responses to “The Marcus Graham Chronicles: An Open Letter to My Exs

  1. This sounds kinda of suckerish but I get the point. I need to really sit back and think maybe I will shake off these wack chicks

  2. wonderful it bought me to tears almost it didnt come from who i needed it to come from but i feel like you just spoke for him and i appreciate that…boy you are really doing your thing i congratulate you on everything

  3. Couldn’t agree more. Your letter reads like a letter that I have written to a woman that, sadly, I too wasn’t as patient and understanding as perhaps I could have been. A woman who, coincidentally, might have been the best thing to ever happen to me, relationship.

    True enough, I would like to see her experience great happiness even if it’s not with me, cause I know in my heart that she deserves.

    Great read.

  4. Loved it! But I love the title you gave yourself the most “Recovering addict of the Marcus Graham Condition”

    Keep up the good work

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  6. This starts out really great but when you begin to discuss your ex’s “crazy” as contribution to the relationship I began to sense a shift in responsibility. A sense that there was tit for tat and that you couldn’t be fully responsible without making her accountable as well…which isn’t a real apology or accountability.

    Is this a symptom of the Marcus Graham disposition?

    D, I appreciate your honesty and openness when posting. Your willingness to be assess yourself in front of the masses. I’ll keep reading. :)

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  8. This was soooo deep D!! This is so impressive and heart felt to have a man to write this

  9. If it was meant to be..then it would have been (or will be). But since its not – why apologize for what it was? When you both know what it was (not) and that fact remains it is what it is.

    We live. We learn. We grow. In that order.

    (walks off burning incense to the sounds of snapping fingers).

    I see you living, learning, and have grown. Always impressed with ya! Great post.

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  11. Ok, this sounds like a man learning and growing. It takes a very mature person to admit their wrongs and not point the finger. Often time’s people try this but get a little side tracked with “yes, I was wrong BUT YOU”…you almost fell victim to this but pulled yourself back up.

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