Prior to my marriage, I hated horror films. I disliked all the blood, gore, and deep spooky music that made goose bumps scale on your arms. Witnessing a beheading was a barbaric act and all those who found human mutilation entertaining were mildly psychotic.
Then I got married. I married a great guy, handsome, responsible, a good provider and in all of his goodness, there are also complexities that I cannot even begin to understand. As I irritate him with my tendency to leave half empty glasses of water around the house, he irritates me with perpetual condescending questions.
As we tried to talk through our differences but sunk deeper into frustration, I began to feel anger building in my stomach. I couldn’t understand why he felt the need to remind me seven times to mail the mortgage check and he couldn’t bare to see yet another forgotten glass on the nightstand. The tension in our talks sucked all of the air out of the room. We could no longer breathe so we stopped talking.
Each day we go through the motions of daily living, caring for the children, running errands, reporting to work, and still I feel the bridge between us grow wider because we don’t take the time to discuss our grievances.
I know that our petty aggravations must be stress reactions put upon a fast-paced young family. Our fights are either stress related or they are motivated by some deeper issues that we would need a therapist to uncover.
The days rush by and we continue to plug away at our domestic duties in our suburban shell and I can feel the resentment tank filling to my chest now. After helping the kids with homework, making dinner, giving baths, cleaning the kitchen, and prepping for morning, the house is finally quiet besides the snore of my spouse. I plunk down the sofa and take a breath. I realize as I flip through channels that I could do with a little blood right now, and a healthy dose of gore would do me some good. With all my frustrations and tensions, I can witness a beheading without wanting to gag. I can yell at the foolish young girl who trips on purpose as her stalker gets closer.
A chopped off head symbolizes the severed bulk of connectivity in my marriage. The monster hunting the teenage campers and slashing them one by one is the same evil that comes into my marriage flinging its machete causing chaos, confusion and unnecessary pain.