Reading another thread got me thinking about this. How much space does a remorseful exAP and their family owe to the OBS?
In my situation, I have not seen the MOW since the first DDay. I saw her BH briefly to get a couple of things back about 2 months after DDay2, but that was it. We all work in the same industry, are approximately the same age, have young kids, and live in a mid-sized city (actually, both families in different, but nearby suburbs.) I run into people i know all.the.time. So why not her?
I asked my FWH about this. He occasionally works from an office that is 1/2 block from where OBS works. I am shocked that he has not run into OBS, but he told me he deliberately avoids going places he thinks he will be. He visits a different Starbucks (unless he is asked by someone to meet at the one close to OBS's work, in which case he tries to get in and out fast) and will walk out of his way to get lunch so that he does not cross his path. He says he imagines that OBS does not want to see him anywhere, and he doesn't want to invade his space. He is not afraid of OBS. He actually spoke to him once or twice after DDay2 and I don't think he is a violent person at all (and we knew them well beforehand.)
Although I have no evidence that MOW ever achieved remorse, I have to assume she avoids me, too. In her case, it might be fear. She told FWH that she was afraid of me, though why I have no idea. I have behaved with dignity throughout and if I had wanted to hurt her, physically or otherwise, I could have done so. She knew me well enough that she should have known that is not in my nature.
Anyway, I read another thread where there was a discussion of a WS being unwilling to alter their routine to avoid the BS of their AP. The sense was that one family was expected to make concessions, while the other wasn't.
I think it is pretty easy, as a BS, to say "Why should my family have to do anything differently?" but unless the AP was single, there is another BS to consider. I felt rather indignant about this at one point; I even wanted to register our DS in soccer in a community that I knew they *might* register their kids in because it was cheaper, but FWH insisted we not do it. I eventually agreed, but I was initally mad that I had to change my plans because of them.
So, do you think a WS has an obligation to make an effort to not put themselves in places they are likely to see their AP's BS? Does the BS have an obligation to alter their family's plans and routines to avoid the AP's family?
I am using the word obligation here deliberately, and obviously I am talking about BSs in reconciliation. If I had chosen to D instead, you can bet I would not be changing my habits, because I would not be risking putting FWH and OBS in the same place. I would still, however, expect MOW to keep her distance.
What does everyone think?