6 weeks ago, my partner of 14 years and my wife of 11 filed for divorce. The reasons are varied, and according to her it’s something that must be done. I simply see it as giving up. Giving up on a lifelong vow, giving up on a family, giving up on a relationship and giving up on a person.
I’m not going to go on and on about how she shouldn’t do this, how I want her back, or anything like that because it won’t do me any good. It’ll only add hurt to a soul who’s been tortured his entire life.
The big reason for the divorce is trust. We have destroyed that in each other. Secondly, she no longer loves me. The why part is hard to digest and hard to explain. She’s fallen for the charms of another man, one who has just divorced himself. Rebound anyone?
All requirements for the divorce to be finalized are completed except for a 60 day waiting period and a judges’ signature. There is no going back. We have split everything up except for our home of 9 years, which I am trying to save. Neither of us can afford it on our own. I am trying to get a couple of room mates to help me pay for the mortgage and utilities, as well as trying to do something to lower the mortgage payment by any means necessary.
If that plan fails, our home will simply go back to the bank and I will be on the other side of that door. I will be seeking a room to rent, as I certainly cannot afford to rent even a 1 bedroom apartment in this town anymore. This is the reality of my life now.
People try to help, but many of their words hurt more than help. Telling me to “love my children” does the opposite of helping me. I see my children and I see 2 failures in my life. I see the 2 women who loved me, but decided to love someone else instead. I see 2 relationships and 2 families that are irrevocably damaged. I see 2 children who will (and have) have to endure the same things I never wanted for my children, at all costs. The moving back and forth, the split holidays, the split everything. Because of that, I feel like I failed them. I can’t let them know, but that’s how I feel inside.
A lot of people wonder why fathers abandon their children. It’s just a guess, but I wouldn’t be surprised if that was a common thought with divorced and separated fathers. No, I’m not abandoning my children. Do I want to see them and love them? Not really at this time, it hurts more than seeing the face of my soon to be ex. It’s as if I have to remove those memories from my brain in order to move forward, a hard but not impossible task.
I was pretty fortunate as a child, and I believe my children are as well. The 1 and only thing I wanted for them was to have a “nuclear” family. The 1 thing I never got. The 1 thing I’ll apparently never be able to provide them.
Life goes on however, and so will I.