My husband doesn't want to do things with me
We’ve been married for almost 30 years and have 2 children, aged 16 and 18. Prior to having children, we had an active social life. After the girls were born, our social life was done as a family (due to lack of babysitters). As the girls got older, I was looking forward to the two of us having time together again.
However, my husband doesn’t want to do things with me. If I suggest anything, his first reaction is ‘no’. Initially, I went along with this, but after a while I got fed up and started going places and doing things on my own. I always invite him, even though the ‘no’ reaction is hurtful. That worked for a while: I was doing things and happy (even though I would rather he joined me) but of late he has been moody at home and I know this is the cause. When I try to discuss things with him, he denies there is anything wrong and says I’m trying to cause problems and arguments.
I’ve tried to suggest things that I think he would enjoy: I’m prepared to try anything. I ask him what he wants to do but he doesn’t make any suggestions. For a while, we went to dance classes but then he started making excuses and stopped going. We joined a gym but the same thing happened. He hasn’t been to our holiday home with us for the past 3 years.
I don’t want there to be at atmosphere at home. I’m a person who likes harmony. This week, I decided to give up the dance classes because I know they’ve been causing discord. Our happiness is more important than my hobby. I was calm when I explained. I said I didn’t want to argue and rather than shouting back at him, I remained silent. He was angry and said that I was blaming him when he had never told me to stop going. He said I was giving him the silent treatment and creating an atmosphere when I was just refusing to argue. So, going was causing a problem but stopping has caused a problem as well.
When I ask him what’s wrong so that we can discuss it, he says there’s nothing wrong so we can’t even get to the bottom of it. I’d really like to get things into the open and work to resolve them because I think we can have a really good time together. Really all he wants to do is sit in front of the TV (it’s on from early morning to bedtime). That’s fine sometimes, but I don’t want that all the time. In the future, I might be housebound and have no choice but while I have my health, I want to make the most of what life has to offer. Maybe I was naive to think we would just pick up where we left off when the children were born. I feel sad that what could be so good is turning sour when it needn’t.
I know this is only my side of the story and he probably sees things differently but unless he gives me his side I can’t tell you what it is. I would really welcome any opinions and advice. Thank you.