I received a text today from our realtor indicating that the people who put the conditional offer on our house have officially sold their home. The next step to removing the conditions is a home inspection on Tuesday. I am optimistic the sale is going to go through and that the home that we chose over a 5 day trip in 2008 to relocate our family from Ontario to BC will be gone from my life.
I had lunch with both my girls today. I had just spent the morning with my younger daughter at the last day of her dance in the Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival. We picked my older daughter up from school and went to our usual Cora’s for the all day breakfast. My girls were discussing the pending summer vacation their dad was taking them on going back home to Ontario to stay with his parents. They were both not thrilled with the fact that Janice may be joining them on the trip.
I on the other hand feel fine about it. It is a reminder to me that I will not have to waste any more of my vacation time in a cramped cottage with my ex’s family. I smile now thinking of her travelling 5 hours by plane, then 1 1/2 hours by car, sleeping on a bed that fills the entire room, showering in the tiny, green bathtub or having to go downstairs and wait for the shower that everyone else lines up to use and then having the pleasure of the company of my ex’s family for at least 1 week. Let her swelter in the 30 degree cabin that gets no breeze and let her enjoy the same boring stories that will be new for her but that I will never have to endure again. My girls joked that Janice can look through all the scrapbooks that I made of our time there. There is not one ounce of me that wishes I was going instead.
I am now free to vacation anywhere else with anyone else. There was a time with my ex that I wondered if I was going to live out my say 80 years not by living 80 years but by living the same year 80 times. When we moved here I made sure I planned amazing, adventurous, fun vacations that were completely new and that involved experiences the entire family would enjoy. My ex never appreciated that. He never was interested in planning vacations or going anywhere. He hadn’t travelled at all until he met me. The monotonous routine, using vacation time to do the same thing with the same people is happily gone for me.
I have had so many people contact me saying how excited they are that I am selling the house and now that it is that much closer to gone people cannot contain how happy they are for me. Not one person expressed anything resembling sadness or regret. Not even my kids. My younger daughter thinks that one of our cats will be sad but that is it. I have offers of generous living arrangements until my divorce settlement is finalized and I am able to find something more permanent. I actually don’t like the idea of “permanent”. I am getting lots of offers of people wanting to spend time with me when my kids are back in Ontario and them asking me what do I want to do and where do I want to go. My options are expanding.
This is exactly what I have wanted. My life and opportunities are so open and my ex is that much closer to gone.