He wants to plan an anniversary trip (7 years) to New England. Should I go? A cabin in Vermont.
I can't imagine having sex with him. Trust is sex in my book.
I want to tell him that this is a dealbreaker, considering I was open to an open relationship and he still cheated. He cheated with a subordinate for years.
I should tell him it's over right? It's been a year -- I tried MC. We have a 3yo and I am SAHM. I'm done. Scared to pull the plug for some reason. Is it me? Why can't I pull the damn plug?
My last piece of advice....be kind to yourself. Don't beat yourself up for what you haven't done since DDay.
He really should be giving you access to his emails though (and not after he screens them).
Trust is like paper. Once it's crumpled it can never be perfect again.
In your shoes, I'd be inclined to say, "The affair and your continued lack of <remorse, transparency, fill in the blank> tell me our marriage is over. I don't want to go on vacation with a man I gave my life to only to be betrayed. Unless you have big changes in the offing, I'm opting out. Of the trip and the marriage."
I think it VERY likely that an anniversary trip would be very, very triggery and painful. He's not been IN the marriage. How can he pretend there've been seven years worth celebrating?
It really is a personal judgement call.
I recently went away for long weekend with WSO. I was a bit hesitant but went anyway. Mine wasn't for an anniversary gift so it might be different for you.
I'm ultimately glad I went; we were able to relate in a different environment and in a bit more relaxed manner.
The greatest trip ever? No, but it was nice.
Mixed message? Yes, perhaps, but it seemed right for us and that's all I can consider.
He isn't entirely remorseful
As long as this is the case, then I would not go.
my give a damn is busted
Even though it's been 6 months for us since D-day, the trust hasn't had many opportunities to be repaired. One opportunity HAS arisen and he jumped on it, so I feel we're headed in the right direction. The jury's still out. He's sad and sorry that he hurt me, but entirely remorseful about the whole A? Nah. Not yet. He's closer than he was just a couple of months ago, though. I like the direction it's going as the fog lifts.
My conscious decision to choose R over D led me to also choose to show my WH--with words AND actions--how much I love him. In spite of all he's done to me, in spite of all the hurt, I felt like he needed to know that. I felt like that emptiness inside him is what made him vulnerable to the A. So, yes, my fWH and I have been regularly intimate. We'd have engaged in HB, I'm sure, but he was dealing with ED/impotence issues and wasn't feeling very connected to me, emotionally, on D-day (and before). As we've rebuilt our relationship, the ED has become a non-issue. That, almost more than words or other actions, has been a sign to me that he's vested again in our relationship.
So, yes, my trust in him is still scanty, but my love for him is enough to override it. For now. Eventually, I want more. I'm expecting more. It's a gamble, but it's worth the risk.
My eyes are wide open; still, my heart will be broken again if he succumbs to the allure of another A. But I'll have known I did everything possible to rebuild my M and will know there's no chance of R.
Perhaps you can set aside the trust issue for just a moment and see if you can envision a future with him, if you can see him fathering another child with you, if you DO love him. If yes, then decide what you're willing to do to enable that future together. If no, then you might have your answer.
I'm sorry you're here. I understand the fear and the pain. I wish you all the luck (and support) in the world.
[This message edited by RippedSoul at 4:30 PM, August 7th (Wednesday)]
We had a trip to Europe planned for a month after Dday. My H still thought we should go, I was incredulous and I cancelled the trip immediately.
We did go on a trip over the first anti-versary. It was good overall but there were still some bad moments and I broke down crying one day. We love to travel, it was sad for both of us that this shared passion was tainted. It was probably about 2.5 years before I really enjoyed travelling with him again.