What makes it more excrutiating for me is that I had planned on proposing to my WS around the time that her brother proposed, but I did not have an established plan and certainly did not expect her brother to get involved with and propose to a woman so quickly.
I know that none of this justifies an affair, but I wonder if having proposed sooner would have reduced the vulnerability of it. I took my time in proposing based on my own belief system at the time. If anything, she had the upper hand prior to marriage. She owned the house exclusively and could have thrown me out at anytime. It's just that our relationship was so seemingly secure that dealing with something like an affair never entered my mind.
All of this means nothing, as it won't change the past. It's just my way of tourturing myself.
09/11/1999: started dating
03/2003: moved in together
01/24/2013: found out (affair started 05/2009)
YOU COULD NOT HAVE DONE ANYTHING DIFFERENTLY TO PREVENT HER FROM HAVING HER A.
She is a grown woman who makes her own choices. If she was not happy with the state of the relationship she should have told you or broken up. PERIOD.
You had to do what you felt you needed to do, and if you weren't ready for marriage then you should have not been forced into it. If she could not accept that again she should have broken up.
You loved her and trusted her clearly. If she needed a paper and ring to make her feel secure then she had issues from day 1.
how I may have been able to prevent the affair.
Gently - you are not that powerful. She had an A as a poor coping mechanism. You are NOT responsible for her ability to cope with her problems.
She felt that I should have known that I wanted to be married to her in the same timeframe that it took her brother to know.
Sorry, but WTF??? Instead of somehow relying on 'mystical reasoning', how about some real COMMUNICATION?????
I'm so sorry you're hurting. Please stop second guessing yourself. Maybe you two could communicate better, that would be something to work on together. That would NOT be a 'reason' for having an A.
What ifs are torturous and not productive at all. I am sorry you are stuck there. If you can try to keep the focus in today.
Having an affair is not really a good way to elicit a marriage proposal, is it?
Your SO's infidelity is hers to own. Life is hard enough WITHOUT assuming responsibility for others' actions.
What you're doing is participating in a circular firing squad....
I can relate to what you're saying because I was in a relationship where the ex expected me to be a mind and mood reader.... If I didn't read her mind or mood just right it was my fault... When I had a problem, I spoke up... When she had a problem she had an A with our yard guy....
You can't part the Red Sea... You can't change what she did... You couldn't have prevented what she's done...
Be strong and remember...
You don't tug on Superman's cape
You don't spit into the wind
You don't pull the mask off the old Lone Ranger
You don't mess around with mpb1974
It's not your fault and there was NOTHING you could do to prevent this. Please believe this.
I thought the same, if we didn't have a child, if I didn't breastfeed, if I didn't co-sleep with my baby, if I didn't have job that required me to be gone 12 hours a day, what if...what if...
I know, it's hard and you desperately want to make sense of everything. But, in your WS's mind, 2+2=orange. She was broken and it had nothing to do with you. You're awesome, you didn't cheat.
I still torture myself and I'm 7 month out...if that's any consolation...
[This message edited by libertyrocks at 3:55 PM, June 12th (Wednesday)]