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User Topic: Tossed A reminders; a little sad
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Default  Posted: 11:49 PM, July 17th (Wednesday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Having some mixed emotions right now. Our youngest kiddo just graduated college and moved away to pursue his career. I've been cleaning out closets, the basement, and everywhere else. Tonight I began to go through old keepsakes so that I could make a box of special mementos for each of our sons: I just spent the last 2 hours going through all of the notes, cards, and letters my H and I wrote before, during, and after his A.

It was bittersweet to read the breezy, innocent, and naive things we penned to one another over 30 years ago. But reading all the correspondence between us during the A and the false R, made me so sad and full of regret for all we went through and lost along the way. We are fully R'd now, so I guess I was a little surprised at the emotions that hit me. The loving notes and cards my H gave me during the False R were the hardest to read. I just feel a little empty and melancholy right now.

I was actually perplexed at how hard those things were to finally throw away. I can't fully explain it, but I think I hung on to those false declarations of commitment and unwavering love as some sort of "safety net." It was like as long as I had them, I could remind myself and my H of exactly how betrayed I was and totally crazy he was, and that would somehow keep me/us safe. I know that's not true. I know I'm safe now because I can take care of myself, and because I trust my M and my H, but it felt more frightening and painful to toss those physical reminders than I expected.

No real questions or advice seeking; just putting my thoughts out there in a safe place. For those of you who are not fully R'd, don't let this post bring you down or make you nervous of what "life on the other side" looks like. This is just another rite of passage in a really blessed and wonderful life. My M is good, we are healed, but every now and then the scars ache a bit

Me: BS
Him: FWH
Married Over 30 years w/ grown kids
Dday 1: 2007
Dday 2: Mid 2008 (same MOW, 14 month false R)
The affair was the aberration, not the marriage or the man.

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Default  Posted: 12:11 AM, July 18th (Thursday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage


"Don't give up, the beginning is always the hardest." - Deeply Scared's mom

Posts: 29076 | Registered: Feb 2011 | From: California
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Member # 16953
Default  Posted: 3:50 AM, July 18th (Thursday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

While it makes you sad right now. Purging your life of the little reminders that exist of the A. is actually a good thing. For now you can finally start to recover I held onto things way too long. And every once in awhile I'd come across them and it would trigger me. When I finally got rid of most of it I actually started to feel better. It was sad going through it, but it was something I needed to do. The good news is that now you have wiped the slate clean. You have reclaimed your space and now you need to move forward. In my experience there's always something that you have not found yet. But when they turn up it don't hurt as much. Just hang in there. Things are going to get steadily better for you.

[This message edited by stronger08 at 3:51 AM, July 18th (Thursday)]

You cant eat soup with chopsticks.

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Default  Posted: 12:17 PM, July 18th (Thursday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

you know, your post didnt bring me actually is inspiring in a way. For me, it shows your strength, determination and courage. Despite all the bumps in your road to R...despite the sadness you experienced when going thru all those made it.

I know I'm safe now because I can take care of myself, and because I trust my M and my H

That is inspiring and gives hope to me as i travel down the R highway. I still have the anonymous letter i got in the mail informing my of my WH A. I don't read it, but i know its there. Someday, when i feel safe, like you, i'll burn it.

so sorry for your feelings of sadness today. I hope you find peace in knowing that you have helped others out there. Hugs to you.

Me: BW
Him: WH
OW: My former "dear friend"/neighbor
Married 20+
Kids: 3
D-Day 12/2012
Committed to R 7/8/2013
"Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle"

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