My ex ran with me once. We ran a 10K route around a couple of lakes near our home. It was very hot I remember. I also remember his description of my pace: “turtlish”.
We separated March 1, 2013 and on Mother’s Day that year we had a phone discussion about the possibility of reuniting. He told me, “I will have to be gone a long time.” Thinking he meant we couldn’t just go back to co-habitating after his affair I confirmed that I didn’t want him back living with me. I made it clear it would be really difficult for me to have him back at all let alone be with him intimately. He agreed that would be difficult for me but seemed far more concerned that I confirm to him that we did have a really good sex life. I found that odd since he was the one that had the affair, not me. He thanked me for talking to him and acknowledged how hard it must be for me to listen when he was acknowledging some of the lies he told me and where he was instead. We followed up our call with an email just confirming it was good to be talking.
The next evening, Monday, I was trying to get in touch with him about picking up our children on Tuesday to spend time with them. His cell phone kept going straight to voice mail and I had never experienced that before. It made me think that maybe he was talking to someone else. Would he really be talking to the other woman after our conversation the night before? Maybe he was breaking things off with her.
On a hunch, I opened the phone book and called the “Andrews” listed in the book that had an address in the area of the Starbucks where they would habitually meet. Remember I had copies of the text messages between them and one confirmed they were meeting at Starbucks and reconfirmed by my ex, “the one by your house”.
I called the first number I thought was in the area thinking I might get a busy signal. It rang, so if this was the right number my ex wasn’t on the phone with her. A man answered the phone. “Hi, Is Janice there?” I asked politely. “No she isn’t”, he said. I was shocked. “Janice Andrews lives there?” I asked. “Yes”, he replied. “The one who works for the M of S,” I asked. “Yes”, he said. “Who are you?” I asked. “I am her husband,” he replied. “Who are you?” he asked. “I am the wife of the man who is fooling around with your wife”, I said.
At around 11:00 p.m. my ex contacted me seeing that I had called his cell phone. He didn’t answer my calls because he was at a movie with Janice. Wow, I guess he felt he “needed to be gone a long time” because he thought he would spend his days and nights away from me, his home, and his kids continuing his affair. I knew then and there I would never look back again. I felt that resolve on March 1, 2013 when his response to me finding out about the affair was to walk out the door and not say a word to me and to continue on his trip to Vancouver with his friends. My gut, my decision on Day 1, my knowing in my heart and head as well, that this man was a complete fraud that I wanted nothing to do with ever again, was reaffirmed.
Since then I have made it clear to him that we will never get back together. He has sent numerous emails and texts over the last 2 years giving reasons why he thinks that I must still want him back. He did this as recently as last week, March 3, 2105. The day before that I tried to turn up the volume on expressing my feelings for him to help him get the message.
I texted on March 2, 2015: “The way you continue to live is repulsive to me. You are repulsive to me. There is nothing about you–your character, your lifestyle, your parenting, your choices, your personality, your looks, your employment, money, nothing that makes me desire you physically, emotionally, mentally, spiritually. Say what you want; think what you want. I am not interested in you on any level. It is your narcissistic personality, your ego, your id that makes you believe I am angry and haven’t moved on emotionally. You are correct in saying you couldn’t be a good husband to me and I deserve better. I think you said that out of false humility or maybe your super ego is coming through. I don’t know if you recognize what a creep you are or what but I am so done caring.”
He is a little “turtlish” in his understanding that I do not want him back.
The divorce process for me has also been turtlish. My ex tries to manipulate and control everything even when, financially, things are so in his favour. This is my marathon. I am tired, have a lot of chafing and blisters, but all I can do is to keep putting one foot in front of the other, moving forward, until I cross the finish line.
3 thoughts on “I May Run Slow but I Don’t Run Back”
Wow, he really doesnt get it does he? Like the OW who bitch and moan about their “pain”, they really don’t get it. Perhaps we should pity them, but I find I can only laugh in disbelief.
I had a boyfriend once whom I left because he was incapable of commitment. As soon as he heard I was with someone else he flew to me and asked me to marry him. But instead of saying “I am so sorry for what I put you through and I will prove I’ve changed”, he said “You should be glad I finally worked out what I want and it’s what you wanted”. Yeah, kicked him out. Not an enticing proposal. Some people just don’t get it.
Thank you for your comments. It is so good you recognized what you did with the ex who proposed. In hindsight, I see my ex differently. He pursued me like I crazy. The first time he asked me out I said, “No.” Then when we were dating he broke up with me to see other women but lied about what he was doing. When he saw me with my other guys that was when he wanted me back. He wanted me back but he wanted to go out with his guy friends on the weekend and not include me. I started to go out with a male friend on weekends (strictly platonic but he liked me more) as I was in my early 20’s and not staying home and my ex lost it. He came to my apartment late one night, drunk. I remember he slammed my fridge door and a bottle of wine belonging to my roommate fell out and broke. He was enraged I was going out on my own and doing my own thing so he agreed to include me in his weekends and 2 months later we bought a condo and moved in together. I see this same 20 something year old guy in his behaviour now.
What a mess, on top of dealing with an affair the realization that your ex husband is a complete narcissist must feel overwhelming. Good for you for recognizing him for what he is, and knowing you deserve better.