Let’s see them hack into this! There is more than one way to skin a cat. At this point I switched over to journaling on my computer.
I’ve been thinking. A lot. Mainly about Jezebel and her comment, my favorite, about how he deserves so much better than me. About my husband’s comment to his other sister, how it’s been 2 years and why can’t we just move on? About that sister and her snide message to me about me worrying about the house and then turning around and booking airline tickets. About being grateful. About accepting reality. About moving on. About pain shopping, which dovetails nicely with moving on.
OK, we’ll tackle moving on first. It’s very difficult to move on when your husband doesn’t do the few basic things you’ve asked for in order to reconcile. I told him that 1. He needed to send Harley a text and end things with her. I wanted to see the text to prove that he actually sent it, and he was to have absolutely no contact with her after that. 2. He was to give up all passwords to me and remove the passcode from his phone. 3. We were going to attend marital counseling. 4. He was to never discuss our marital issues with Jezebel again. What did he do?
Well, instead of sending her a text and ending it, he says he called her and ended it. That’s nice, but that’s not what I wanted. I had a purpose behind wanting you to send a text. I wanted to see it in black and white. I wanted to see him write: My wife knows about you. She gave me an ultimatum. I choose her. We’re done. Don’t contact me ever again. Did I get that? No, I got the replay of his supposed phone call to her. And then I got her text which makes it look like he actually chose her and she ended it. Furthermore, his response to her was based on not wanting to hurt her. He felt bad for her. Her- the mistress of 3 1/2 months. Not me, the wife of almost 19 years. I got a reply about honor and duty and obligation. Not love. Not choice. Am I supposed to believe him without proof when I vividly recall asking him if she was worth losing his wife and kids, and he replied he knew he didn’t want to lose his kids? Am I supposed to believe him when he would have sex with me and then turn around and walk out our door and text her good morning and then precede to talk to her on his entire 30 minute drive to work every.fucking.morning? That is some strong faith, and if I’m not there yet so be it. I figure I mainly believe him. I only have doubts some of the time. It’s been 2 years? Nah, not really. We’re coming up on 2 years of your half hearted confession where you couldn’t even admit you were doing something wrong, or that she was your whore. You tried to make it sound like she was one of many and it was just a little texting. No, it wasn’t. It was her, and only her. And you were telling her you loved her and you were telling other people you loved her and she made you happy and you were going to marry her. On top of that, you two were talking about sex and what all you were going to do to each other, and you were talking about a future together and she was sending you naked pictures. It’s been 2 years since you tried to confess and pull the wool over my eyes at the same time. It hasn’t been 2 years since I discovered the truth. We’re at about 18 months for that. 18 months since I found out the extent of your lies and betrayal. 18 months since you told me you didn’t want to lose your kids. 18 months since you told me you hadn’t been happy in years. 18 months since you admitted that you two talked about sex, and how much you loved each other, and how much you wanted to be together. 18 months since you told me you two really really liked each other. 18 months since I received The Saint’s FB message asking me if I had gotten a good lawyer yet. And we’re at 16 months since I discovered you bragging to your nephew about marrying her, after insisting to me that you two had no concrete plans.
So that’s part of the not able to move forward movement. I don’t know. I don’t know what their plans were. I don’t know what all they talked about. I don’t know how far into the planning it got. I don’t know that I was his first choice. I have no proof of that. Again, for all I know he called her up right after he got off the phone with me and told her I knew and I’d issued an ultimatum. And then he told her she was his soul mate, his one true love, his very best friend, and the love of his life and there was no way he could give her up. For all I know he told her, “I choose you, Harley!” And Harley, being the manipulative, deceitful cunt that she is warned him that if I got wind of his choice that I’d probably run. Maybe she even reminded him that I already had airplane tickets to fly to my home state in 2 days. “If you want to keep your kids around, then you need to make sure she thinks you chose her.” And then the good little whore proceeded to tell her husband she was leaving. And her husband said, “Fine, but you’re not taking the kids. They’re all disgusted with their whore of a mother.” That’s when Harley finally realized she and my husband weren’t going to be forming their own version of the Brady Bunch, that there might be bumps in the way, and that the path to true love was not going to be a smooth one. Maybe her kids gave her a ration of shit. Maybe the two oldest told her they weren’t going to live with her. It was at this point she decides it’s just not going to be worth it and that’s when she sends her bleeding heart text to Zack.
Is that really all that crazy? Why is that version any less believable than the one he told me about? At least in the second version I have her text ending it. It would be lovely if, instead, I had a text from him ending it.
What else did he do? Well, he did in fact give me his passwords and take the code off his phone. And to his credit he did recently offer to have my thumb print be one of the prints that could open his phone.
Marriage counseling? He went but he didn’t really participate, and our counselor told us that is was pretty much a waste of time after 3 or 4 sessions. If we ever went again I think it would be interesting to hear his side of everything that happened. It seemed to be mainly me talking because he didn’t much participate. I’ll give him credit for going when he didn’t want to, but I’m not giving him credit for anything else. He didn’t participate and I don’t think we got much out of it. At this point in time I’m tired and I’m not willing to go again so I guess he’s safe.
And not discussing our marriage difficulties with Jezebel? We both know that one went completely off the rails. He performs a fucking Shakespearean soliloquy when he’s telling everyone all my faults and everything I’m doing to him, and I get a fucking one line reprieve when he pulls his head out of his ass. I know that’s not a kind way to put it, but it pisses me off. And upon looking up how to spell soliloquy that’s not really the best description. That’s what I perform on a daily basis when I’m raging!
That brings me to another point- the concept of the man in the middle. There is a poster on a board I like to read and she often says that many times you can look to the man in the middle as the source of conflict. I’ve thought about that a lot and I believe it’s true, even with this. He throws me under the bus to Jezebel, goes on and on and on about how horrible I am, and then says, “Oh, my bad!” Is it any wonder she hates me? He doesn’t tell her the good stuff. He’s too busy getting his head patted when he’s the poor, oppressed little brother married to the evil, awful wife who uses him as a handyman and a paycheck. Man in the middle. Have no doubt, I’m still not pleased with her encouraging him to leave me when he was fucking around. And I’m definitely not pleased with her latest round. But he poured gasoline on the fire, and he did something I told him not to do ever again.
His mom and stepdad are another case in point. I told him in therapy I didn’t like how Pastor Fake was gushing over Harley’s picture. It was hurtful. His attitude was, “I can’t control what he does.” Then shortly thereafter his mom gets online and tells her she’s sooooooo pretty. I unfriend them (they were sharing an account at the time) and probably blocked them at the time. Undoubtedly unfriended them from my daughter as well, and blocked them. I know she must have asked about it but instead of coming to me and saying, “Hey, what happened? My mom says she’s blocked on both your and our daughter’s page,” he acts like he can’t control anything. I keep thinking that if he had only pulled his mom aside in the beginning and said something along the lines of, “I know I created this mess, but if the two of you want to have a relationship with my wife and kids you’re going to have to distance yourself from my mistress. It is upsetting to my wife to see the two of you acting all chummy with the woman I cheated on her with. We both know we can’t control you and you can both do exactly as you want. But I’m here to tell you that there is no way you can have Harley in your lives and have my wife and kids in your lives. So you’re going to need to make a choice.” Or even a much shorter, condensed version: My wife can see you two gushing all over Harley, joking with her, telling her how pretty she is. You know that I cheated on her with Harley; therefore, she has no desire to associate with anyone that wants to be a part of Harley’s life. It’s that plain and simple. You can have a relationship with my wife, or one with my mistress but you can’t do both. (Believe me, I tried! ba-dum!!!).
I think that’s part of not being able to move on, as well. I think I have made tremendous progress in accepting the fact that his parents will never turn their backs on Harley. They will always be kind to her. They will always compliment her. She will always be around. And I, in many ways, am forced to accept that. I’m forced to accept the fact that I will never be around for any family events because I don’t know if the whore will be there or not, and I don’t want to be there if she is. I’m forced to accept (and I know this is morbid) that when his mom dies I’m going to be going through 3 levels of hell. I’m going to have to deal with Zack and his grief, I’m going to have to deal with his bitch of a sister, and more than likely, his whore will show up. It’s very difficult to move on and forget about her when she is front and center all the time, or at least it feels like that. She was praying for my husband last month. Praying for him! She has a front seat into the window of our lives. Anything my in-laws post on FB about us, about my kids, that bitch can see. How do you move on from that? How do you move on from your in-laws thinking that your husband’s whore is a swell person? I keep expecting her to show up at Thanksgiving and for them to offer up the use of their bedroom so he can fuck her.
I read about pain shopping yet again yesterday. It’s not so much that I want to do that, it’s more I don’t want to be ambushed. I guess when you don’t feel safe or confident you continue to look over your shoulder. I don’t know that I was his first choice. Hell, I don’t even know for certain that he’s not back in contact with her again. I don’t know that someone won’t throw facts at me, facts of which I have been completely unaware of for over a year, which might result in my own downward spiral. I don’t look on her page that often. I check every now and then to see if she’s got a new profile picture up. I occasionally check my in-laws’ pages to see if she’s commenting or liking certain things. Of course she is! Good ol’ Harley can’t fade into the background. Oh no! Look at me! Look at me!
I know I’ve said it before and I will say it again. Not knowing the bitch is being welcomed with open arms by all who know about her and Zack doesn’t mean it isn’t happening. And closing my eyes and pretending like as long as I don’t see it everything is ok, is just living in a fairytale. It does no one any good. Eventually, you wake up and you discover the truth and you feel betrayed. I’d just as soon get it out of the way.
I guess what it boils down to is can I accept what happened? Sure. I can accept it. Doesn’t mean I like it. Just like accepting who my in-laws are. It hurts me very much knowing they can embrace the woman that almost tore my life apart. But, I accept that that is who they are. When I am with them I enjoy being with them and I love them. However, I will never have a close relationship with them again. I simply cannot do that, not when they are still in contact with Harley and act like she has done nothing wrong. I will never be willing to go out of my way for them again. I don’t call. I don’t confide. I let Zack handle it. Honestly, I prefer to keep my distance because I’m afraid I’ll be sucked in if I get too close.
Can I accept the fact that I’ve been moved 2000 miles across the country to live in this Godforsaken town where I know almost no one? Sure. It’s reality. I can pretend I don’t live here but what good would that do? I can pretend that we can go back to our former state but I know that we can’t. Whose job is he going to take? Especially when they just got a new GM and a new PM less than a year ago. Where will we live? Are we going to ask the new residents of our home to kindly move out because we’d like our house back? No. If I’m being perfectly logical most newcomers to the area head over to two up and coming areas. Our kids wouldn’t be going to school with their old friends; they’d be at a new school. My daughter could go back to her old gym but she would be competing as a Level 8 once again, more than likely, and all of her former teammates would be 9s. My son could play hockey again but he’s lost a year and he already started late so he’d be behind as well. No, we are stuck here, at least for 7 years until they both have graduated from high school. Then my husband can yank me away from my new life, and at the rate I’m going now that won’t be a bad thing. I’m so tired of hearing, “You need to get out there and meet people! Volunteer! Take classes!” Um, I’d love to meet people but that’s a little difficult when you’re 46 and not in school and don’t have a job. There are no classes to take. Quite honestly, I’m sick and tired of being the new person. And volunteering? Where would you suggest I volunteer? The PTA? They don’t seem to have many opportunities. I’m supposed to go tonight for an after prom meeting where I will know no one and the woman in charge is going to ask me to solicit donations, which is something I absolutely hate to do. HATE IT! This gets me thinking that if everything PTA does needs to be funded with business donations I want no part in it. Oh, I also found out that I was sent an email to see if I wanted to volunteer at the book fair for the middle school. It went to my junk mail and I didn’t get it until after the book fair was over. Lovely. I could go to a PTA meeting but again, I’m tired of putting myself out there. I’m tired of being the new person. I’m 46, for crying out loud! My life should be settled. I shouldn’t be scurrying around trying to find a whole new set of friends.
I tell myself to think back on all of our other moves. OB was easy. I had just turned 29 when we made the move. We went out with all of his co-workers. And from that I became friends with some locals and they introduced us to other people. In the next state I started out by participating in an online group. I got very lucky and those people met weekly. I put myself out there and I joined their group. Gradually, other people joined in as well. Then, right before my daughter turned 2 I started going to church; when my son was an infant I volunteered to help in the nursery. A few months later I became a team leader in the nursery. Gradually I did more. I became a small group leader. I joined the meal team. I think when my son was around a year I joined MOPS. I became part of the hospitality team with them. I started a MOPS group at our church. I was there 6 years and it was gradual, but my calendar filled in. Plus, it helped that I had family only 2 hours away. I think I found my online friends within the first 6-8 months. I was 31 when we moved back to State #2, just under 2 months before my 31st birthday. We moved a few months before I turned 38. In State #4 I think it began after I volunteered to join PTA. It was about 5-6 months later. The following year my daughter was competing so I made some friends that way. PTA just became a huge thing for me. I met a ton of people that way. And I met some people through my kids. This time it just doesn’t seem as easy. I was 45 this time when I left. I’ve been here coming up on 8 months. They have been the longest, loneliest 8 months of my life, I think. I don’t have online friends. I don’t have a church. I don’t have PTA; it’s pretty much non-existent. I certainly don’t have MOPS. My daughter competes alone most of the time. This next meet all of the girls meet together. But here’s the thing: most of the girls are young, like 10-11. Their moms are young. I don’t want to hang out with them. I don’t need to be overrun with 30 somethings while I’m nearing death. I do have some parents I can sit with at the high school meets. That’s nice. But that’s it. I know a few people on sight. I’m still shocked when I run into someone I know at the grocery store because it happens so infrequently. I am grateful for the outpouring of support from the few people I do know when Zack was in the hospital. Our neighbor called and offered to help with whatever we may need. S offered to take my daughter to gymnastics. C prayed for us and checked in on us, offering to run errands or bring a meal. D took my daughter to gymnastics and grabbed food for both of my kids. I felt very fortunate to have that help and those offers.
So, this is my reality. I’m far from family. I’m far from friends. I’m not fitting in or finding a niche. I really really hate it here. I’ve booked tickets for me and Rock Star to go see the state gymnastics meet back in our former state at the end of the month. I’m looking forward to that. Can’t wait to be around friends again. Can’t wait to see all those cute little gymnasts that I get to cheer on for the first time this year. I’ve missed this.
I’ll save Jezebel’s asinine comment about him deserving something better for later.