Throughout the months I have known of my wife's affair, I have come to an understanding that life is inherently neutral.
Evil, good, etc. are constructs. A lion doesn’t kill because it’s evil. It kills because it's hungry. The antelope don’t view the lion as evil. The antelope just wants to survive. The feeling of grief, hurt, and pain that I’m feeling are purely human constructs. These are “complex” human emotions haphazardly labeling animalistic primal urges of anger, jealousy, and rage. What she did was animalistic too; selfish fulfillment of need. Forgiveness, however, is what separates us from being described as "animals". The ability to overcome these constructs allows us to show true love, through kindness. It is the unique capacity of people. Some people forgive, but some people don't and that's because some people are worthy of your forgiveness and some people aren't. I will survive this like that antelope. I know someday, somehow, I will be able to forgive - because I am human. Today? I just want to forget.
My sister came over to pick up the kids, they were having a pajama party with their cousins. God bless my sister and BIL for babysitting 6 sugar-rushed kids, only God knows... My wife agreed because I told her that so we could have "alone time".
I set up my spare phone and hid a dictaphone on me. I prepared a nice dinner that took longer than expected. We ate. We talked about mundane stuff. Then serious stuff. Then I talked about how I valued everything that we built, Our connection, and both of our hard work (her being a SAHM and me an overachieving dad), that I was thankful for her. She couldn't manage to look me in the eyes. All she managed to say was yes and a few mmmhmmms. And the occasional "I feel that too". I then quickly asked her "Do you feel the same way with Phillip (AP)".
Well, it started there, She denied EVERYTHING. I asked for her phone and she was even taunting me that I was crazy and that he was an ex. I knew about that secret alias "Janice" and when I asked her about Janice, boom! Deer in the headlights that lasted for about a minute. That quickly turned to "It's not what you think", "I was lonely", "It was nothing", and many more excuses that went right over my head. I asked her about a specific text that hurt me the most. She texted, "I wish it was you and me against the world instead.". I asked her if she regrets marrying me, if she hates the life I've given her, and if she hates me. She was just shaking her head while crying on her knees. I've listened to the recording a few times and I still can't understand what she's saying. After a lot of crying, apologizing, and what seems to be trickle-truthing and blameshifting after, I managed to get through to her and say that I know more than she thinks and I want to separate and I already have a lawyer and he has already drafted divorce papers. I told her I have an apartment 10 mins away set up and I will be moving there soon, that we both need space to process this. She screamed! I have never seen a woman scream before, not to mention, my wife. She just laid down on the floor crying and apologizing profusely and I had to help her up. I called her parents and they spoke to her. While they were talking, I left. This whole thing lasted for 5 hours.
Immediately after, she was texting me where I was and that to please come back to talk. She was also apologizing. I replied that we need space and I will be living in the apartment for a few. Visiting the kids occasionally. I talked to my sister and explained the situation more and how the confrontation went.
The next day, still a lot of messages coming from my wife. To my Facebook, personal email, work email, and even the email I used for this site. She knows all my contact. It is like what you guys said. A lot of promises and apologies.
I messaged AP's wife on Facebook, and surprisingly enough she already suspected. She suspected a few hours before I told her and with the evidence, I gave to her, There was no denying it. It turns out AP was on thin ice with his wife, Their marriage is failing because this was not his first affair. A few hours later I got a text from AP blaming me for telling her and being a "fucking loser". He was teasing me about my manhood, fatherhood, and bragging about how he is a better man than me and how he fucked my wife. He was mad because I gave his wife the final reason why she should divorce him. He threatened that he could beat me up and I'm not ashamed to say I taunted him and even dared him that I would beat his ass. Yeah... We got into a heated argument and I will skip the profanities. Then he hung up. I'm not going to lie, what he said hurt.
After that conversation with AP I was so enraged I went back to the house and told my wife what the AP said to me. More profanities from me. I really showed my wife hell. Then I calmed down and we talked again. More crying and begging and promises. I asked about the affair. It started when things started to open up and AP liked her post from 2 years ago and showed on her notification. But when I ask about the messages and the sex, she just lies. I don't know why she won't just tell me the truth? Why stab me slowly woman? I turned the conversation about the kids and proposed to her the logistics of how are things going to be, separation and co-parenting, etc. From me berating her quickly turned to a more transactional type of conversation. She begged me to not divorce her and a lot more excuses. And I shit you not, AP turned up at my house not know whether the kids would be there or not. He was banging on my door taunting. He was shouting profanities at me and I am not one to back down from a fight, especially with a guy who fucked my wife. It was basically a gift. We fought outside in my door which escalated towards the middle of the street. It was pretty even. I got a few bruises, scratches, bloody gums. He got a broken nose and some other shit I hope leaves a mark. My wife was just screaming at us until the neighbors and passersby stopped us and called the cops. I was actually the one who initiated the fight. My wife explained the situation and surprisingly they weren't putting us on a misdemeanor. I am now talking to my lawyer about this and right now the cops just issued an RO on both of us.
My In-laws called, My FIL understands but still, I sense that he is trying to protect his daughter. Who can blame him? My MIL, however, apologized and was disappointed in her. She hopes for us the best and hopes that we can work this out for the best of the kids.
Recently my wife called to tell me the kids came home. I reassured her that I would not do anything that would harm the kids and I hope she does the same. We talked more, The usual apologizing from her but she still wouldn't tell the truth. She says he means nothing but according to the texts, he was the one that got away. She doesn't sound too good, I don't think she can take care of the kids for now so I'm thinking of sending them away to my in-laws in the meantime.
My sister and BIL came over to my apartment after dropping off the kids and brought food and a housewarming gift. We talked and they offered support basically.
I called OBS and referred her to my lawyer, she says she already has one and I told her to keep the number if she needs any information, just contact him. We talked about my fight with AP. She thanked me for that.
It feels good I stood up for 2 women. That was my only victory.
It's bizarre to see and hear your wife in a state of fear. As husbands, it's our duty - a privilege even, to protect, serve, and satisfy our spouses. I saw her beg and plead. It hurts to see her like that. Maybe that's a good thing and that means I'm not too far gone. But I have to remind myself that today, she's the enemy.
I need rest. And I need my kids.
[This message edited by ASoreLoser at 12:14 AM, June 25th (Friday)]