My boyfriend and I had been together eight years. Well, we were probably together seven years out of those eight years. Every time a difficult discussion would come up, he'd leave...for a day, a month, or a few months.
Since we had this true connection, I always looked at him when he knocked on my door and took him back. This time we were talking about our communication and how I felt he was often trying to tell me what to do (sometimes in a pretty loud voice), when all I wanted to do was share something, he said something about separating.
I took him up on it. I think he thought he could come back again, but I'm not available for that anymore. I'm looking for a more equal partnership this time around.