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Real Life Update

No matter how much I stay away from the internet, coming back in fits and starts, things aren't easier to deal with. And I figured that some of you are actually interested so. Update.

Before I begin: There's really nothing you can say or ask that's going to make things worse here. I tend to be very laid-back so it's actually hard to offend me and I have done the morbid curiosity thing so it's fine; if you have a question you want to ask, go for it. The worst I can do is not answer you.

Otherwise, things are very one-step forward, two steps back. Ed is still very 'I love you but I don't know that it's enough'. I keep telling him that's bullshit. If he loves me, why isn't it? It's not like he can even point out to me what went wrong beyond a general 'my mom died, your mom died, I felt you treated me bad but never said a word and then I snapped and now I don't know'. So. I don't even know, really, what happened that was so bad, how things got so bad, that we're here now.

And no matter how much I look for something to do, it doesn't work. I tell him I'll try to be better--becasue I'm not a great wife and I DO need to try harder in some areas--but he doesn't want that either. We went out to DQ, just the two of us, had a good time, and then he felt like crap because he was giving me 'false hope'. He does it every time we have a good time out together.

I convinced him to try a new med, he made me tell the kids. I convinced him to see a therapist of his own (to deal with HIS issues, nothing marriage related because it sure as hell can't hurt) and he decides he's going to California for three weeks to spend time with his best friend. A woman I know told him at one point to get a divorce since I wasn't interested in therapy. I try to be supportive about her--Ed tends to befriend sad women who use him, broken people--and she's been good to him for years. But that upsets me. He knows his going AT THIS TIME is upsetting to me. But I'm being 'too clingy' and 'not like the girl I married' and I could strangle him.

He's not sure he wants to see my family at Christmas. It'll be 'too hard' on him. They don't know and what if they find out because they'll see we're not the same? I'm giving serious thought to just telling them. Telling everyone. Just so he doesn't have that to pull anymore.

I spend a lot of time swinging between pissed at him and incredibly sad and pretending that things are going to be all right. He and I still sleep in the same bed together but I'm not allowed to spoon him. I have been the big spoon for seventeen years. This is hard as hell. I can hug him but he never hugs me first.

He never addresses things with the kids. When they have questions they come to me and what can I say? How do I tell them that more and more I'm sure this won't work out? So I stay positive for them. We play the 'divorce game'. Somebody does something--Faith takes too long to get the mail, Jill forgets to call when she goes from Annalee's house to Alex's--and I go 'well, great, now Daddy and I have to get a divorce and it's all your fault'. And we laugh because it's ridiculous to think that anything they do could cause it. I hope that, in the worst case scenario, it makes things easier on them.

Sometimes I wish he could just leave. I think that'd be easier on all of us. But he says he's not sure and that keeps me hanging on. He has no plans for what to do with himself if he leaves. No plan of 'this is where I'll go, this is what custody will look like, this is how we'll divide things'. I told him I do and he looked shocked. I told him 'I HAVE to think of this, I HAVE to have a plan because if we fail the kids will NEED me to have it together'. He continues to not have a plan, to let me make his doctor's appointments and check his meds and just. I could kill him for it, some days. For saying 'I want a divorce' and then not being 'sure'. For prolonging all of this. I don't want a divorce but I hate living like this.

So. Yeah. I spend a lot of time kind of flailing around in the dark trying to figure out what the fuck is actually going on.

Doesn't help that if things at work fall through (Ed works at a hospital that's very inter-connected with a health plan and they might break up) Ed might be transfered down to St. Louis. Could happen right around March. I asked Ed what that meant for us and he just looked at me. I said 'I can't just move if you're going to divorce me and I don't want to move Ben and Jill out of this school system'. So he was totally shocked that oh, yeah, I might not want to move states and then be divorced and trying to figure shit out for the kids.

He keeps telling me 'you're young' (and I am, still) and that I'll find somebody else. I looked at him and said 'you think I'm going to want another relationship after a seventeen year marriage and a twenty-year togetherness just fell apart'? He just doesn't get it.

The worst part? The very worst part? I love him. I really do. It kills me inside it to wish he'd just walk away and end this. ETA: Please do understand that this is hard on Ed, too. He doesn't like doing this to me or the kids. He's honestly not happy in our marriage right now, he's not just a gigantic dickbag about things. I just want to slap sense into him, is all.

There are days I want to cling to all of you and cry in your arms. There are days I want to keep it together in front of all of you and not let on that life can still hurt you even after you go through so much shit. Every day I touch my wall, where I posted all of your letters and emails, my little rainbow of all of you.

I told Angela that one day, no matter what, I'll be happy again--that we will, we all will--and there will be laughter every day. I believe that. I know that. No matter what, it'll happen. So whatever you take away from this update, remember that most of all.


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Nov. 29th, 2012 08:53 pm (UTC)
I'm just a random lurker (Hi! I used to read your Arashi fic.) but have you tried going to see a licensed marriage and family counselor? My parents went through a really rough patch about fifteen years ago, and seeing a counselor - both together and separately - really helped them. My dad was initially reluctant, since his family is of the cover it up and pretend the problems don't exist mindset, but they found a counselor who had a similar religious background as my dad, and I think that was key for my dad being able to listen.

*hugs* and well-wishes from this internet stranger, because everything you're dealing with right now sounds miserable. :(
Nov. 29th, 2012 10:07 pm (UTC)
We actually went to a couples therapist intensively a few years before his mom died, for another issue all together. It was really good and I wanted to see her again but he won't. Part of it might be the cost--it's not covered by insurance at all--but I think most of it is that he thinks she'll be biased.

Which is a crock. Anybody who makes me face backwards every time I talk isn't going to be biased. But.

Anyhow! Thank you for the suggestion, though. It's nice to have people support me in this. Not every marriage in trouble gets that. (And thank you for having read my stuff! I hope it was good for you!)
Nov. 30th, 2012 02:03 am (UTC)
I know I'm only seeing this from one side, of course, but it sounds fishy on his end. I've had first-hand experience with several divorces (none of my own thank god) and he either sounds like he IS cheating or he wants to.

My dad up and left, but only when my mom called him out on it. He'd been cheating for over six months and was just waiting to have a place to stay once my mom DID kick him out. Couldn't take care of himself so he wanted to make sure he had a place to stay before the inevitable.

My uncle met a woman online - wasn't happy in his relationship but didn't want to bring it up. My aunt found out and went off on him - they'd never met, but he'd been talking to her on the phone and my cousin caught him. She moved out almost immediately and there was about five years where he went back and forth with 'trying to work it out' with my aunt. I don't think he ever really meant to. He led her on (much like it seems Ed is now) for years. They still talk and he still does stuff and says stuff like they're married, even though he's married to the other woman now.

Ed seems like he's having a mid-life crisis (and also that yes, he definitely needs different meds). He's not happy, but he can't figure out WHY - which could definitely mean he's just not happy with himself. There are some lies going on with him that just don't add up. the "I love you, but.." just... I don't know. I want to tell him to put his big boy britches up and suck it up. If he loves you and loves his family, then he needs to figure out why he isn't happy and fix it - without breaking up the family. He seems like he's refusing to admit blame on it and trying to find anything to just...keep it going or cut it off. I don't know how to explain it, but he's acting kind of like a big baby to me. :/ I don't want to cut into him about it, but it does seem to me like you're the only one who is actually trying.

Question, and don't answer if you don't want to: has there been any intimacy since he asked for the divorce and was there any prior? You both got together and married young and I almost wonder if perhaps he's realized something that he can't bring himself to tell you, or even fully admit to himself. :( hit me up on PM if you don't want to voice it publicly.

*hugs tight* Ilu, bb.
Nov. 30th, 2012 03:47 am (UTC)
A woman I know told him at one point to get a divorce since I wasn't interested in therapy. I try to be supportive about her--Ed tends to befriend sad women who use him, broken people--and she's been good to him for years. But that upsets me. He knows his going AT THIS TIME is upsetting to me.

She may want him to get a divorce so she can have him. Although there may not be an actual physical affair involved yet, there is probably an "emotional" affair involved. Perhaps he denies you even cuddling in bed because it's "cheating" on her (something he may not be entirely aware of, but it's still there).

I am so sorry you are being treated this way. You have a strong, positive spirit, and you are going to be OK.
Nov. 30th, 2012 06:58 am (UTC)
I know I'm not a very big presence on LJ anymore, but here, have some virtual *hugs*.
Nov. 30th, 2012 10:13 am (UTC)
Oh sweetheart, I'm so sorry this is happening to you. :'C

I have zero experience with this sort of thing so feel free to just ignore me but I really think you need to just cut the cord if it's gotten to a point where even happy moments together are tainted with guilt and sadness. I won't judge him because you say he really feels bad about all this but your husband needs to realize that it's not fair to keep you hanging on.

So my advice to you is this: don't wait around for him anymore. Don't sleep next to him anymore. Don't try to reach out to him anymore. You've done enough. You've been willing to compromise but you can't be the only one putting yourself out there. He needs to make an effort too and you need to make sure he knows that. And you don't have to divorce right away. Maybe you can try a trial separation? You've both given it some time and it's obviously not working so maybe spending some time apart is in order, give you a new perspective on things.

Whatever you decide, know that I'll be thinking about you. and praying for your happiness.
Nov. 30th, 2012 07:39 pm (UTC)
I had been wondering what was going on but I didn't want to pry.

*hugs* You are so nice and great. I honestly believe that you are trying your best to save your marriage and your family. But sometimes you have to look out for you, too. Take care of yourself! A lot of people, including myself, are rooting for you. <3
Dec. 1st, 2012 09:47 am (UTC)
Uhm, so I used to lurk, perhaps left a couple of comments here and there. But just wanted to say, /hugs
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