I would do something that would cause him to react that would in turn cause me to react, and so on and so on, until somebody “won.”
It was exhausting. I wanted to end the game, but didn’t know how.
Back then, before we knew about psychological attachments, we figured we could solve our issues by simply thinking about it, drawing diagrams of how it looked, and mentally going round and round with it. Then, we would come to a little agreement of what I wouldn’t do and he wouldn’t do.