Girls night out. Yes, one of the benefits of visitation, you actually get to do things for yourself. I get to go places, study, write and do things, no need to find a babysitter, they are with the other parent.
Over a lovely dinner my girlfriend asks me: “So, Ostara, if there are 5 things you could tell Ex, what would they be?”
“Uhm…….. Hello and Goodbye?” Laughter.
Driving home I thought about this a little more. This wasn’t fair. I really don’t have much, if anything, left to say to Ex, but it is not that all in the marriage was bad. And you don’t just erase 14 years of your life as if it was meaningless. That would say more about me, then about the marriage or Ex. So here it goes, my 4 things, as I really can’t come up with a meaningful 5th.
Thank you for the kids
Yes, it takes 2 to tango. The beautiful, gorgeous, wonderful, intelligent, well-mannered, funny, delightful (I’m the mother, of course I’m going to gush and be biased!) kids are a product of you and me. And I would not want to have missed out on them for anything in the world. Let’s always celebrate their uniqueness and cherish them. We may be divorced, but we are still parents.
Thank you for the good times
Psychopaths are frauds, and perhaps the good times were just illusions. Whether they were or were not doesn’t matter any longer and I’d like to keep the good memories. Questioning whether it was all make-believe or not, would not only take away from the past, but also from the present. It is not worth my emotional energy. The marriage was a life lesson from which I hopefully have learned, both good and bad.
Thank you for filing for divorce
Yes, I may have had the courage to throw you out of the house, I could never have mustered up the guts to actually file for divorce. Early on in the divorce proceedings I re-read my diaries. I had started when I was 12 and my last entry was 31 December 2004
“Ex doesn’t want me to write to you any longer, it makes him uncomfortable, he thinks I only write bad things about him. “My husband is bad”. I’m sorry to let you go, you have been a source of release and reflection, but in a marriage you don’t do what hurts your spouse. So goodbye.”
The ultimate mind-control.
20 years of writing and my sole support network with my family being overseas had to be taken away because it was a thread to you.
But that is not me any more, divorce has set me free.
Free to pursue my dreams again. Free to love. Free to be loved. Free to cherish and be cherished. Free to (re-)connect with my friends, and I have some awesome friends out there. Free to enjoy life.
Without the divorce, my life would not have been where it is now. Had you not filed, this all would not have happened, and I’m grateful for that.
I wish you happiness
A happy father makes for happy kids. As a mother, want the best for the kids, so I really hope that you are happy. It is really that simple.
Yes, it is a short list.