this one’s a little tricky. so- – it was a surprise to me to be sitting with my ex and his girlfriend at two sporting events this weekend, in the same day. it was ‘my weekend’ and wasn’t expecting to see him at all… so i was traipsing between birthday parties and soccer and basketball and lunch-out… like all the days of life….it was busy and i needed to call on my mom and hero brother to do some of the maneuvering, in order to fit it all in.
and in the past, i’ve been given a little warning that it would happen. but i suppose that time has passed.
i am so thankful for the experience, really. it shows me how far i have come and how much there is still to go. i can make eye contact with her, fairly easily, at this point. but not him. that man i used to call HubsJ. Watching them have intimacy in that casual way of couples doesn’t hurt at all in the jealousy way, which was very nice to notice…
but it hurts in the way of ‘none of it is real’ way… if it was false for me, it will be false for her. . . if it was so false for me, how will i ever know when its not?
…. and i am not really sure how to incorporate those things into my world view. THAT hurts.
The small piece of me that wants them ostracized for the total annihilation of myself is small. really small. but burns pretty brightly in my self-critique. Maybe I would’ve brushed my hair or something ? but that’s only a maybe, because i live my life pretty damn well, and hair-brushing isn’t a thing that hits my list very often.
–In my self-critique, it is the small fire of ‘revenge’ and ‘judgement’ that I’m so harsh on. I do feel both, that J is a monster, and that J is not a monster. Both. and I want everyone to know, both. and the vaguery of this, and the fogginess of it…
–and i do, i do want people to rub my shoulder and love me up for surviving the experience. because man, it really is a fucking doozy. and, i mean the marriage and i mean the basketball game.
my kids like her mostly, and i’m very happy about that. and it continues, for me, to never be about her, specifically. its all about J. and his utterly vacuous cluelessness. And its about my embarassment . my feeling of fear, exposure and judgement, failure. i own it. i’m completely overtaken by it when i’m ‘outed’ in public like this.
I try to congratulate myself for being ‘big enough’ to sit with them. but it only works in hindsight and when I’m trying to be self-congratulatory. (aha. doubly so.)
and in truth, it needs to be more ABOUT ME. JUST ME. Me, SOLA e CONTENT. me, the woman at the game with her kids, meeting her former in-laws and watching her kid leave his soul on the court. thats it. thats all it is.
I spent an awful lot of my life making everything about him. and that is not how my life is supposed to go.
there is a hell of a lot more to me than wifed or unwifed.
i don’t really want to post this one. Wish I could tell you I was all done with all of this.
But I’m not.