Anyway, I just thought how bitter I sounded in my head. Totally not going to go there on Facebook. And then I think, "ok TCD. Just shut up and start your cat collection. You have three and you've been burned...you're well on your way to be a crazy cat lady."
Confronted him: 12/22/2011
This is the most difficult thing I've ever done.
People that post that shit on facebook are just doing it for show. I would bet the relationships they are in are toxic, harmful, and they rugsweep the shit out of it.
One friend sent me $20 american money when I was desperate. I hadn't posted in quite awhile and she just knew. I was shocked. I wasn't starving, I wasn't homeless, I was stressed about money though.
A few days ago I saw one of those and that related to my brother and SIL borrowing $3,000 from us but when we needed the money a few years ago and I asked if they could try to pay us back, when we were still a couple. SIL responds that if they knew they had to repay us they never would have borrowed so much. Uh. Um. What? They sent $300.00 well the A started during this financial crisis. They don't connect the dots?
I haven't talked with them since then. Nada. Not a word. They post on my kids/grandkids pages all the time and it pisses me right off! I've even told them to stay the F away from my kids! So, sorry about the t/j but I use FB to communicate I don't use it to tell people a lie. I brag about all my babies and I not so subtly say F you to people that have hurt me. That's my entire extended family. Yep. Not a single person left. Me and all my babies. Period.
Just smile to yourself TCD..You're doing such a good job and you know the truth.
This has me thinking.... I wonder how many people stayed in bad relationships, abusive relationships, were cheated on repeatedly, etc. and they had no choice but to put up with it because divorce was not acceptable back then. Ugh. I can't imagine.
We should make up a cute saying for this in the style of the one TCD mentioned and post it on FB.
"Back in our grandparent's time there was less divorce because people didn't want to hear about the cheating and abuse. That is for behind closed doors and we don't air our dirty laundry in public."
If you're going to post a quote at least make it wet-your-pants funny or inspirational, or both.
eg. Honey Badger. I freaking love honey badger. Wet my pants funny AND inspirational.
Most of the time when people are posting this shit it is either a cry for help or a passive aggressive swipe at some unknown target. Its not the intent that bothers me - each to their own - but its how bloody transparent it is that bugs me.
I guess I think it's sad when the stupid cats give me more love and affection than my husband..
And I've thought a lot about the changes in society when it comes to cheating. It's definitely been changing over the generations. Personally, I'm happy we live in a time where divorce is more accepted. I do think tons of women just rugswept and were made to think they shouldn't talk about it or that they should be embarrassed by it. My mom denies it, but I think my dad cheated on her. I think she wouldn't want to know if he had.. She would just want to dig her head in the sand.. My parents have told me quite a few times that I probably could have and should have gotten over the cheating, but it's all the other abuse and lying and manipulation and involving the kids that I should never forgive. And they are right. I probably would have gotten over the cheating, it's how he treated me since then that will never be forgiven..
I ignore them and consider the source(s), which usually explains it and makes me because I really know it is a load of fake crap.
I think, way back in the day, women WERE expected to accept shitty behavior by their spouse and sweep it under the rug. Remember, going even further back, women were considered "property" with no rights. My POS used to actually remind me of that, in his passive-aggressive way. He used to say he was born in the wrong time. He knew it would irk me when he would say those things because he knows I am absolutely the polar opposite of what those women were. Of course, he doesn't like that because he truly wants one of those women that look the other way when he conducts all his "extracurricular" activities, has dinner waiting on the table when he gets home, and is waiting for him in sexy lingerie! Unfortunately, because he cannot control his spending, I always had to work, including extra jobs so I didn't have the luxury of fulfilling his wishes, and I wasn't about to just turn a blind eye to his recreational sexual activities...
Being honest and real is more important, even if it means that my kids and my dogs are my only source of comfort and affection. I'll trade that for a toxic marriage any day!
This above all: to thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man ~ Shakespeare, Hamlet
There is little chance I will become the crazy cat lady (not my cuppa) but I'm on my way right now to being the crazy dog lady. I have 4 and my bitch is bred and due mid-July. I will keep one if any are show-quality so I will be to 5 in a month.
Honestly, the reason there was less divorce is because there were almost no laws to protect people during the D process, most especially women and children.
How many of your grandmothers worked and had their own money? Really? It was almost unheard of. Women cooked, cleaned, and took care of however many children came along due to the failure of the "rhythm method".
There were no laws regarding alimony or child support. And, even of they existed, no one cared to enforce them.
The mothers got the children and they were lucky if the fathers forked over money for food. My mother's first cousin - 70 years old now so in that generation - had a husband who came home one day, packed his bag and left with OW without warning or discussion. She had to look for a job the next day and she and her two kids commonly ate apples for dinner that she stole from her own father from her own father's yard.
So, if there was a choice to stay in a bad M back then, that was the only realistic choice for most. At least they had a home, food and some money. Without the husband, back then, there was nothing. Sure, they could have chosen to get rid of the abuse, but sacrificed everything else in exchange for that.
People who post stuff like that have a very skewed view of reality. I also never believe the ones who purport to have perfect relationships. That's a farce too.
Be real. Nothing is perfect and no one is ever immune from pain.
And my husband's niece and sister shared one that was like, "I'm a girl. I lose everything. I'm terrible at math. I take 3 hours to fix my hair and makeup before going to the grocery store. I'm emotional. I can't read maps and I get lost all the time. I cry too easily....blah, blah, blah, long list of insulting stereotypes about females..." There was like ONE positive thing about being a girl in it, and ten or fifteen negative ones, basically saying they hate math and science and are irrational BECAUSE they're girls and girls are just like that. How freakin stupid. And the niece was only 12, so I wouldn't call her stupid for it, but lacking in some good parental direction? Heck yeah. No way in hell will my daughters be taught to think so uncritically about what it means to be a female. And if they shared something like that on fb, you better believe I'd call them out for it.
And then I have a second cousin who shares annoying relationship crap all the time, and it's always so needy and pathetic. It's always talking about how great it would be to have an emotionally unavailable man who treats her like crap. Of course it's couched in all this code language, but at the end of the day, that's what she's saying.
I think there's a lot of terrible relationship advice out there, and most of it is encouraging women to be in awful relationships with shitty men. Think about Bridget Jones. It's supposed to be a happy love story, but in the second one, she decides to marry the controlling, emotionally unavailable jerk who treats her like she's an idiot and is embarrassed of her, all because the women in the prison somehow make her feel he's not that bad because he doesn't beat her or force her to do drugs or take all her money. I mean, this is the standard for love? He doesn't beat me or take my money, so he must be a catch? What the heck?
I think I'll become a cat/dog lady. I have one of each. Who knows how many I will have once I'm on my own.
I saw him, I could not unsee him. -StrongButBroken
There came a point when it was too painful to love him, so I stopped.