In May of 2018, Rick's parents went on vacation and left Carol and Rick to run the stores on their own. Carol told me that Rick had actually stepped up and was doing his job in this period. I'm sure it was only his latest cycle of damage control after pushing Carol too far, as … Continue reading Carol’s Job part 2
In my most recent marriage counselling post, I talked about some sheets we were looking at that described healthy and unhealthy relationships. I wanted to share them with you. The Equality Wheel Non-Threatening Behavior Talking and acting so that she feels safe and comfortable expressing herself and doing things. Respect Listening to her non-judgmentally. Being … Continue reading Equality vs. Power and Control
At 5:00am Monday morning, Carol woke up to see me browsing on my phone. "What are you doing?" She asked. "Working on the timeline," I said. I looked through Facebook then made some notes on key dates. No longer able to sleep, I started preparing for the day, which would start with getting the kids … Continue reading A Casual Conversation About the Affair
What is the truth? I don't know. There's only lies and lies that I hope to believe. I don't take anyone's words at face value. I look at them and I think, "What do they really want from me?" I don't ask questions much. To learn more about a person, I listen and overhear. It … Continue reading Living Without Trust
"Maybe I oughta find a woman and bring her here. A nice, beautiful woman, not a loser like him, and bring her to this bed, lay her down, and just give it to her right in front of you." "I wouldn't blame you. It's what I deserve," Carol replied. "I've always said, with my family … Continue reading The Lies.
Yesterday, after the counselling session, I continued working through the huge back up of jobs to do at my work, while pausing every so often to expand on a point or two that I had jotted down immediately following the session. I didn't have much time to dwell on anything, just work and write. By … Continue reading Carol’s Realization