The other group of friends, who my wife and I have known jointly, have also not checked in with me. Some of these my wife has gone out with, and I assume has told them about our separation (I don't know if she told them about the affair or not).
It's bothering me that there is so little follow-up and I am not sure if I should call them on it or just let it be. I may also be giving too many details about what is going on, but I feel it important that these people know it wasn't my choice to leave a wife with cancer.
[This message edited by kg201 at 4:11 PM, September 2nd (Monday)]
Most people don;t know what to say and so they avoid you. They don't want to think what happened to you can happen to them. Some who have never been thru it think that cheating is no big deal and you need to get over it already. Some are afraid that you are contagious -- as dumb as it sound it is a surprisingly common thought.
If you have a friend in the group that you were particularly close to then seek them out and ask them to go for coffee or a movie or golfing or whatever. what I mean is try to reconnect with the person and start to go out socially again. But I would not confront anyone about it because nothing good will come from that.
Marriages that start this way, stepping over the bodies of loved ones as the giddy couple walks down the aisle, are not likely to last.
I don't have any words of advice, but here's the thought experiment I've been going through.
Now that my divorce is final, I need a new will.
Which people are good enough friends I'd like to leave them something?
It's a surprisingly short list. Kind of depressing, actually.
I don't blame people for not knowing how to react. I'm just surprised how few people there are in my life who are actually supportive and connected.
But a cheating spouse is scary, foreign and maybe contagious. People shy away from conflict- and let's face it a divorce from infidelity is full of conflict. So they back away and do nothing.
I think it's probably worse for you being a guy. Don't know too many guys who can comfort a friend like you need right now. And the married ones have wives who are petrified that you are now "single and ready to mingle" and don't want their husbands fraternizing with what you are looking for. (Of course you are no where near ready for that... We all know that but they don't).
Reach out. Have a beer, grab some food, go bowling. Be proactive in getting what you need from your friends and they might surprise you with it- once they understand what that is.
[This message edited by PurpleRose at 10:07 PM, September 2nd (Monday)]