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My Wife is Cheating and I'm Glad

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KingofNothing posted 5/21/2021 08:49 AM

Then he told me I should have been stronger and not folded like a cheap tent. He told me he was disappointed in me and that he has vowed he will never let anyone treat him like that. He was angry and crying harder and then he hung up on me.

He's mourning his childhood, which he feels was built on a lie. TO some extent, he's right to think so. However, your motivations were at least honest.. he would have had a very different life, possibly with fewer opportunities, if you had both divorced earlier. That should count for something. After all, it was primarily YOUR pain and YOUR sorrow that had to damped down so you could just "get over it" Christian style. Doesn't that count for anything with him?

I know, that's largely rhetorical, as you have explained. Give him some time to focus himself. I hardly think he regards you as the villain of this story.

RealityBlows posted 5/21/2021 09:26 AM

My kids did the same thing. After they processed they came around. After they matured, they came around even more. After they began their first loving relationships they came around even more. When they have their first heart break, I imagine I'll be the first person they come running to.

Remember, the kids are watching so, be a model of how a mature, well adapted, fully actualized adult handles such a crisis with grace, decisiveness and dignity.

TheWrongOne posted 5/21/2021 09:56 AM

KingofNothing


Then he told me I should have been stronger and not folded like a cheap tent. He told me he was disappointed in me and that he has vowed he will never let anyone treat him like that. He was angry and crying harder and then he hung up on me.

He's mourning his childhood, which he feels was built on a lie. TO some extent, he's right to think so. However, your motivations were at least honest.. he would have had a very different life, possibly with fewer opportunities, if you had both divorced earlier. That should count for something. After all, it was primarily YOUR pain and YOUR sorrow that had to damped down so you could just "get over it" Christian style. Doesn't that count for anything with him?

I know, that's largely rhetorical, as you have explained. Give him some time to focus himself. I hardly think he regards you as the villain of this story.

I don't know if its counts for anything. I'm giving him space. I will reach out to him next week.

HouseOfPlane posted 5/21/2021 10:03 AM

You didn't the important thing, you listened to him.

Sometimes people just need to be heard.

SadieMae posted 5/21/2021 11:00 AM

TWO,

I'm also a betrayed child. My father left my mother when I was a senior in high school.

It's hard. It's hard to see your family implode and have no say, no control. I'm sure your son loves both his parents, which is also hard. He doesn't want to pick sides, and it's hard not to feel like you have to pick sides.

It took me a few years to work through my feelings with my family. Unfortunately, it wasn't until I became a BS that I was truly able to understand what my mom went through when our family imploded.

Be there for your son, be calm, show him how to move forward with strength and grace. It will mean a lot. He's got a lot to work through, but being there for him will make a difference.

Pandora16 posted 5/21/2021 11:26 AM

Yearsofpain25, thank you for your post. From what my son has said, I think what you wrote is very much like what my kid went through. Itís helpful for me to read your take on being a BC. My son has mentioned seeing looks of contempt by my cheating ex towards me behind my back, and being furious at his father but also feeling like he couldnít say anything to me at the time. I canít imagine living in a household with the kind of unfortunate dynamic between me and my husband, but your post helps me understand what my son experienced a bit better.

Justaguy61 posted 5/21/2021 11:49 AM

Here is a thought and I do not know if it has previously been suggested and maybe some of the veteran's here can help qualify its helpfulness or dangers.

Thought: Maybe have your son read this thread?

It would give him a depth of understanding into your psyche that would be difficult to recreate. Of course he would see your strengths and weaknesses but that may be what he needs. Also it could make him even more angry at his mom if that is possible.

Marz posted 5/21/2021 11:57 AM

This maybe a negative today but you can turn it into a positive by having him learn from your experience.

Teach him to go his own way and never let others railroad him into anything.

A great life lesson.

[This message edited by Marz at 11:58 AM, May 21st (Friday)]

TheWrongOne posted 5/21/2021 12:06 PM

Justaguy61

Here is a thought and I do not know if it has previously been suggested and maybe some of the veteran's here can help qualify its helpfulness or dangers.
Thought: Maybe have your son read this thread?

It would give him a depth of understanding into your psyche that would be difficult to recreate. Of course he would see your strengths and weaknesses but that may be what he needs. Also it could make him even more angry at his mom if that is possible.

Good idea but not now. I need this place as my own safe zone. I am not privy to the conversations my wife has been having with my son, but I don't want him inadvertently spilling the beans that I post on SI.

Marz

This maybe a negative today but you can turn it into a positive by having him learn from your experience.

Teach him to go his own way and never let others railroad him into anything.

Yes I will do that. I don't want him to believe that marriage is this sacrosanct thing, because it is not anymore. Not in this day and age.

Thumos posted 5/21/2021 12:17 PM

Yes I will do that. I don't want him to believe that marriage is this sacrosanct thing, because it is not anymore. Not in this day and age.

You seem like a traditional guy and so am I. We're both about the same age. I spent a lot of time being partially raised by my grandfather, so that's the template I had. I agree with you that in this day and age, marital sanctity is not honored. It is difficult to feel anachronistic. However in other ways it can feel countercultural and "punk" bucking the trend. I don't think I will be changing my views. That doesn't mean either one of us need to stay married to unfaithful wives, in any case.

TheWrongOne posted 5/21/2021 12:46 PM

Thumos

You seem like a traditional guy and so am I. We're both about the same age. I spent a lot of time being partially raised by my grandfather, so that's the template I had. I agree with you that in this day and age, marital sanctity is not honored. It is difficult to feel anachronistic. However in other ways it can feel countercultural and "punk" bucking the trend. I don't think I will be changing my views. That doesn't mean either one of us need to stay married to unfaithful wives, in any case.

So-called Christian wives are the worst offenders. My situation is not unusual. I know several men in my denomination whose wives cheated on them, sometimes flagrantly, and they were told to suck it up, pray and just give it to God. The evengelical culture is one of hiding and abetting sin among wives. I'm done with it. I will never marry again, and that is not me being dramatic. I'm serious. I will not stick my neck out again for any woman.

gemini12 posted 5/21/2021 12:56 PM

TWO,

My thoughts on showing this thread to your son.

DON'T. Not now or ever.

I made the mistake of showing my adult son my posts on Reddit after the D was final. Big mistake. He told his mother and this created a nuclear explosion that lasted for months.

Speak to him man to man and answer any question he has honestly.

You are doing great so far. Better than I ever did.

Thumos posted 5/21/2021 13:18 PM

So-called Christian wives are the worst offenders. My situation is not unusual. I know several men in my denomination whose wives cheated on them, sometimes flagrantly, and they were told to suck it up, pray and just give it to God. The evengelical culture is one of hiding and abetting sin among wives. I'm done with it. I will never marry again, and that is not me being dramatic. I'm serious. I will not stick my neck out again for any woman.

Couldn't agree more on the first part. There's so much hypocrisy in the church, although I don't know what else most would expect from a state of fallenness.

On the second part, jury's still out for me. I still haven't decided whether to R or D with my WW. It takes 2-5 years just to get your head on straight again. You're in a different position after a second betrayal.

Never say never on anything. Just allow a tremendous amount of grace right now. Just focus on rebuilding and healing yourself. Everything else will follow.

And if you don't ever want to marry again, who cares? You don't have to justify yourself to me or anyone else. Being a happy single man is a great option for you.

I think you can and will have a happy life if you just focus on healing yourself right now and being the best father you can be (one thing that might help, which is helping me, is looking at the litany to St. Joseph. you don't have to be Catholic for it to be meaningful).

Marz posted 5/21/2021 13:30 PM

Pastors while there are some really great ones are among the biggest hypocrites youíll see. Iíve been around this since I was a kid.

Pastors set the tone for the congregation. Most canít go their own way and apply common sense. A great lesson you have learned. Pass it on.

Your FIL will be around Iím sure. With his high and mighty advice. Tell him to kiss your ass or just ignore him and his shitty advice or as with him commands.

[This message edited by Marz at 1:33 PM, May 21st (Friday)]

KingofNothing posted 5/21/2021 14:30 PM

So-called Christian wives are the worst offenders. My situation is not unusual. I know several men in my denomination whose wives cheated on them, sometimes flagrantly, and they were told to suck it up, pray and just give it to God.

Preach it (I know that sounds ironic). My wife loudly left the Catholic faith when she didn't get the blame free landing zone she wanted and took up with what I called the Christ barn.. a big Christian Community church full of pious zealot charismatic Christians. Their services are big, over produced multimedia productions, they serve free Starbucks that you can take in to services with you(!!!) The congregation is rich, smiling and if you believe the rumors, full of pious adulterers. I loathe the place, although I went a couple of times for events that my children participated in. I sat well back on the balcony (without coffee) and smiled and nodded.

Thumos posted 5/21/2021 14:49 PM

a big Christian Community church full of pious zealot charismatic Christians. Their services are big, over produced multimedia productions, they serve free Starbucks that you can take in to services with you(!!!) The congregation is rich, smiling and if you believe the rumors, full of pious adulterers.

I believe it.

SadieMae posted 5/21/2021 15:05 PM

TWO,

I have to agree, I don't think it would ever be appropriate to share this thread with your son. I was 17 when my parents split. My mother was not capable of handling it, so I had to step up. I was involved in ways that a child should never be involved with finding out their father is cheating. It was very damaging to me and I was pretty mature for my age.

While I think being honest with your son is important, I believe there is information that should be kept between the married parties and that the children (at any age) have no use for. Losing your family is hard enough, getting the nitty gritty isn't necessary.

I do think encouraging him to find someone safe to talk with, be it a counselor or wise friend, is a good idea. But not here. Not the pain, anguish, rawness here (this site, not just your thread).

leftbroken posted 5/21/2021 15:38 PM

I will never marry again, and that is not me being dramatic. I'm serious. I will not stick my neck out again for any woman.

This is a growing sentiment among men today. The family courts lean very favorably to women in the matters of divorce. Once Upon a time in a different day and age this was appropriate as women made up a very small percentage of the work force and therefor relied heavily on men for financial support but those times are well behind us as women make up half of the work force and more than half of the population in higher education as they prepare for careers.

Men are choosing to never marry or in the cases of divorced men, never remarry. MGTOW is gaining momentum, Women are gaining more independence as they become more self sufficient and marriage rates are dropping very quickly as a result. Polls taken among young adults indicate that the desire to marry is now the lowest it has ever been. Women are choosing to focus on careers and doing their own thing while they are young, Men are seeing bitter old men that have been raped by the courts and deciding to never let that happen to them and the nuclear family quickly becomes an endangered species.

We will see the whole concept of family redefined in the next 30 years.

HouseOfPlane posted 5/22/2021 08:57 AM

Not in this day and age.
Not in any day and age, if you read history. Both of my parents (married 63 years) came from families racked with divorce, infidelity, trauma. General Sickles of Civil War fame was also the first person to successfully use the temporary insanity defense when he killed the OM. Scarlet Letter, anyone?

Itís always been a part of the human condition, along with successful long term marriages. The crooked timber of humanity. Falling short often, but trying.

Thumos posted 5/22/2021 14:26 PM

Itís always been a part of the human condition, along with successful long term marriages. The crooked timber of humanity. Falling short often, but trying.

Of course, but not with nearly the level of societal approval it has now. It's whistling past the graveyard to pretend otherwise, in my view.

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