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lucy17 posted 2/18/2014 15:15 PM

I find myself appreciating all the good things in my relationship---H is very attentive, commutative, remorseful, supportive, patient....I appreciate it so much because when he is gone or he is sick and is unable to give me that level of attention, I dwell on the bad. I dwell on the past facts I can't change and he can't change. I need to focus on the fact that he could change them if he could and he has made changes, big changes for the better since.
H has a sports tournament coming up this weekend. AP's father plays in the tournament. Our deal is, if AP is there, he has to leave. It's H's team. He runs it. This is hard for him, but important to me (at least this year). When we were discussing it he said we could e-mail AP and reaffirm the agreement they made (she's already broken that agreement once). I don't think we should involve her in our plan at all. She's messed up. She liked it when I was around them both during the A because she liked the special secret they shared and that he chose her over me and she would come and intrude herself into our conversations which I thought was odd at the time, but now know she is....messed up. While talking to our MC about this our MC said that to me it probably seems like H just wants to contact AP. I didn't think that at all. I think he realizes who she is now. But then I was questioning myself, questioning him. What do I know? I'm the person who said, "I don't think you would ever contact her without telling me." and he said no he wouldn't and then contacted her 45 times. Ughhh. I'm so confused, scared, hurt, and angry. Three steps forward, two steps back---reconcilation takes so long and is so difficult.
Affair season is a month away. I hope I'm strong enough.

[This message edited by lucy17 at 3:35 PM, February 18th (Tuesday)]

KatyDo posted 2/18/2014 15:54 PM

I'm confused - I'm sure it's awkward trying to go NC in this context. In a way her presence or absence at the tournament places a lot of power in her hands. It would be great if somehow you could maintain the boundary without it being dependent on her.

lucy17 posted 2/18/2014 17:28 PM

It does give her a lot of power. This tournament is not a popular one-there's not a lot of fans. It is usually me, my daughter, and maybe 2 or 3 other people in the stands. I'm not as worried about breaking NC as I just can't handle being one of four people with her sitting and watching my H play. I can't. I also can't not go and have him glancing over and seeing her, but not me watching him. Yes, I am weak and hopefully next year it won't matter and I will be able to handle it. This year I am vulnerable and am asking H to protect me.

crossroads2010 posted 2/20/2014 08:58 AM

I think it is completely understandable that you are vulnerable at this point and do not need to inflict pain upon yourself. In my mind, his game should be way down on his list of priorities. His not being at this tournament at all would take the power away from her. My thinking during the first year was that I should move on and I tried to make it easy on him and just suppressed my own anxieties rather than demand some things from him. You can go several ways...go watch him...ignore her if she shows up. Go with a friend who can stay with your daughter if you can't do it and must leave. Just tell him you do not want to be in the same planet with the OW much less the same stands. It is a hard thing to take back the power after the A takes away part of your life...it gets easier with time. For now be gentle on yourself.

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