It's been almost a year, but not quite.
He says in it that he's sorry it's taken him so long to talk to me. That he tried to be supportive of me by being there for his brother through the S/D but that, truly, he didn't know what to say to me.
He told me that he misses me in his life and that the family considered me one of them. He thanked my family for taking X in and being so good to him all of these years. He thanked me for being so honest and good and loving to all of them for over a decade.
He kept repeating that he knows I'll be okay and that I'm going to find someone who truly appreciates me and truly deserves me someday.
He even reached out to say he misses the dog. He told me that he's been looking through old family photos and seeing me still makes him smile.
Oddly, he just kept referring to "my brother." He never used his name.
I'm touched by this. It's the email X should have sent after we decided to D. And it's the email I was surprised his brother never sent after I reached out to him the morning after DDay.
It's nice to hear that someone on "his side" seems to have seen through X's bullshit and knows the real story. I'm wondering what prompted him to send this almost a year later (DDay was in April)... but I'm trying not to dwell on that.
Interesting. Difficult to read... but I'm grateful. Will probably write back and confirm that I loved him and his family and wish them well. Want to sit on it for a couple of days, though.