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Happy (?) Apple-versary: October 11, 2013

October 11, 2013. A date which will live in infamy. The last day B. and I saw each other. The last morning I’d ever wake in his arms.The last time he kissed me.

The first time he lied about his fidelity to me, to us, to our affair.

Today is the first anniversary of our parting. I’d written about it here and here, but today, one year later, the wound is still wide open and I’m still in pain. If only he’d been honest that he’d met another woman. If only he’d honored our nearly three-decades-long affair with an explanation and a gentle extrication. If only he’d not dumped me by 10 words in an email. If only he had been a gentleman and was more sensitive to my feelings. If only, if only… there wouldn’t have been any court dates, protection orders, process servers, suicidal thoughts, disordered sleeping, daily weeping, loss of self esteem, or a build-up of hatred in a heart that used to hold so much love.

I’d driven up to B.’s Michigan cabin to help him prepare it for strangers who had won a weekend stay in his home in a silent auction for a charity I work with. Though he had just moved in full-time, he agreed to vacate for the weekend so these folks could enjoy the area. (At least he was true to his word….with them.) I found it surprisingly clean, not much to straighten up, it seemed weird. So I got down to busywork: wiping down long-neglected shelves, cleaning the windows I hadn’t gotten to the previous summer. B. worked at his desk or read the newspapers and The New Yorker. I felt some tension between us, a loss of affection or attention. Something definitely off-kilter. 

When I was done “cleaning,” we sat and talked about how he felt I was pulling away, that I was becoming distant. I could have said the same for him; I could tell his mind was elsewhere but never suspected another woman. I’d rebuffed his sexual advances the night before; I was simply not in the mood. That would have been the last time we fucked, but it was not to be. Now I honestly can’t remember the last time we were intimate.

To cut the tension, we piled his two big dogs in his car and set off for the beach. I distinctly remember B. strolling that beach further and further away from me, deep in his own thoughts. I take it now as a metaphor for him leaving me. He had, in fact, left me for another.

Going, going...gone.

Going, going…gone.

Then, a visit to a local apple orchard for a huge plastic bag of fresh-picked Michigan apples. This, he claimed, was destined for his son’s soccer game in Wisconsin where he was going to spend the weekend while the auction winners ruled his roost. He was going to give these apples out as treats on the sidelines. 

That’s when it began to unravel. I discovered weeks later there were no boys’ soccer games scheduled that weekend at his boy’s boarding school. Did he think I wouldn’t check?

The guests arrived, we gave them a tour of the cabin, handing them the brochures I’d gathered of things to do and see in the area. And then it was time for me to leave.

I got into my car, feeling slightly bewildered at all that had taken place, but I certainly did not get the impression that we were “over.” B. motioned for me to roll down my window, slipped in his arm and pulled me close. He kissed me tenderly and said:

“You are such a good girl. You will always be special to me.”

Those words still ring hollow in my ears. I didn’t know then what I know now; it was his kiss-off. I wouldn’t know until a couple of weeks later that he’d found another woman. Presumably one who liked apples.

I’m convinced he didn’t drive the 237 miles to his kid’s boarding school in WI. He told me his car broke down on the way and he waited hours for a tow and a fix. Nope, he spent the weekend with his new gal pal near Chicago. He’d already turned down my offer to spend the weekend together in a bed-and-breakfast in Michigan. She was his current romantic partner.

Unbeknownst to me, I’d been replaced. Michigan seems like a dream to me now.

Was B's love for me rotten to the core?

Was B’s professed love for me rotten to the core?

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Exit 4A

A former mistress (26 years, on-and-off) describes the good, the bad, and the ugly of her long-term affair. Conclusion: Affairs aren't necessarily destructive if kept in the correct perspective. Our experience enhanced BOTH our marriages.

That is, until his marriage ended and we began to love each other. When the affair morphed into a relationship, well, that's when it stopped being fun for me.

For 26 yrs we luxuriated in implicit Trust. When B. cheated on ME, it was the first time another person came into our relationship besides our respective spouses.

We have now irrevocably split.

8 replies

  1. “…lied about his fidelity to me, to us, to our affair.”

    You see the inherent flaw in that logic, don’t you? There IS NO fidelity in an affair. That’s why it’s an AFFAIR. I’ve followed all these posts with a mixture of sadness and incredulousness. I don’t know what you expected to happen. It came to its only possible conclusion.

    You’re a hell of a writer and I would love, LOVE, to see you abandon this subject and show us what else is out there. Spread them wings. One year is long enough.

    lol @ Marty. Well done.

    1. Thanks for the compliment on my writing, Mark. I admire yours as well and look forward to your posts.

      As for the “fidelity” issue, yes, we were cheating on our respective spouses. But I am sure that B. did not cheat on me (nor I on him) in the various iterations of a 26-yr-long affair. That was a pact we had and I believe he honored it (I know I did) until this very last iteration. His stepping out of our boundaries is what did it in for me. I was (am) floored he took on another woman after all we’d been through together.

      In hindsight, you are most correct when you say the affair came to its logical conclusion. B. had been making overtures during his separation and divorce proceedings that he wanted to be with me after his divorce was final. I was much less sanguine about that prospect as I am in a fairly happy (albeit sexless) marriage, and I never dreamed I would leave my husband for him. Never.

      Maybe he finally picked up on that. He replaced me with a divorced woman much more available to him.

      Thanks for your comment.

  2. It’s amazing how the clues are there but we do not pay much attention to them till after we realize the meaning behind it. It will take a while but you are in the right road. I just love the way you write and how you can make me think.

    1. Hi Angel, thank you for the really nice compliment on my writing and for being some kind of influence. I enjoy your posts, too. I wish I had a much bigger audience but the ex is snooping on here and on my related Twitter feed, and I would not like to have another legal battle with him, so I have to keep my blog private. It really sucks.

      After writing “Happy ? Apple-versary” I started to feel like a weight was lifting, perhaps I don’t have much more left to say about B. and me and all our years together. I think you can imagine how deep the pain feels of being replaced by another woman after 26 yrs. It’s horrid.

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