I am having much difficulty each time I read one of Doug’s posts. For some reason, after reading his last post, I became very emotional and upset and he is having a hard time dealing with this. He doesn’t understand why I become so upset about something that happened a year ago and has been discussed a thousand times before. I thought about this and I explained to him that in some ways when I see it in print it is like finding it out for the first time.
When I found out about Doug’s emotional affair, I found out in chunks. When I thought I knew everything there was to know, I would question him about something and new information would surface. Just when I thought I was ready to heal from this, he would tell me something new and I would have to start all over again. This went on for many months and it got to the point where I believed that if I continued asking, then maybe I would finally arrive at the whole truth. The problem with the questioning was that it was very emotional for me and many times I wasn’t really sure if I truly heard and understood his answers, and also Doug was very impatient with all the questioning, which didn’t make things any easier. He would get angry, impatient and would not be very empathetic. I can understand that he had answered these questions before and he just wanted to move on, however I thought I needed to know everything in order to begin to heal. It came to a point where these confrontations were taking a toll on me both physically and emotionally.
The questioning was proving to be a barrier in trying to save our marriage. Doug was angry and I was feeling unloved because he was not being sympathetic or understanding. So after reading the book The Divorce Remedy: The Proven 7-Step Program for Saving Your Marriage” by Michelle Weiner-Davis, I decided to stop the questioning. Doug probably thought that I had moved on and that I was finally OK. Unfortunately, little did he know that in my mind I was obsessing about it constantly. The lack of questioning him though, gave us an opportunity for our relationship to grow. Finally he was able to show me affection and love and I was able to be the fun wife he had been longing for. We began to communicate better, show respect for each other’s feelings and become whole again.
A short time after this Doug became interested in starting a web site about emotional affairs. At first I was very apprehensive. I didn’t know if I could go through this again and share everything that has happened the last year. I was afraid it would be too painful and I didn’t know if I could handle reading what Doug had to say about his affair. However the experience has given us the opportunity to really explore what happened in our marriage, what caused the affair and how we can save our marriage. It was like having a third party helping us through this, but the third party was our words and feelings. However, when you write down your feelings they are right there to read and analyze over and over.
I also feel that Doug is much better at expressing himself through writing, so many of the things that he writes I’m hearing from him for the the first time. He also has learned so much about himself and his emotional affair because of the time and research for our blog. What’s interesting is that many of his insights are different than he had originally expressed a year ago. He is finally being totally honest about his feelings and it has been somewhat difficult for me to handle and as a result I become very upset. However, this time we are handling the situation much different. Doug is much more patient, understanding and compassionate. I truly feel loved and understood. I am also trying to respect and except Doug’s thoughts and feelings. We are also able to end these emotional episodes of mine feeling closer and more in love than ever.