When we finally talked about the issue, I failed to articulate my frustration until she asked, “Are you saying you’re lonely?”
From then on, our relationship improved. For a while, I thought we’d make it, but time proved we weren’t cut out for each other.
It’s odd to think that loneliness can exist while you’re in a relationship, so we neglect to use that word. Instead, we say, “We don’t talk enough.” But that’s too vague and dispassionate. When you say you’re lonely to your partner, it generates a more visceral reaction.