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End of the affair, little hand hold(30 Posts)
I posted a few months ago about my marriage being in a bad place, and having a crush on someone I was working with.
My crush developed into a 3 month emotional affair.
Conversations with the other man developed into talking about being together, how it might work practically being together etc.
We ended up sharing a tent on a work trip away (my work is not conventional!) and had a bit of a cuddle, and talked more about being together.
To cut a long story short, hubby found out about our night in the tent, was understandably furious, we separated for a short while, and through counselling and open communication we are now piecing things back together. It's a slow process, but things are better than they have been in a long time.
I have 2 dc's (young), and realised that I wasn't willing to simply uproot them and move directly in with someone else, and came to the realisation that neither was I willing to just chuck my marriage away without first seeing whether the spark could be reignited.
When I ended the affair, OM got pretty angry and upset that I wasn't willing to immediately jump in to living with him, and basically denied any involvement, saying nothing had happened. Physically it hadn't but it certainly had emotionally on both sides. OM painted himself as victim to my advances, when it was very much mutual.
We still carried on working together as we had work events we had to fulfil as part of a team.
Fast forward a few months, and working with him has become impossible. He's being vile - my work and social life crosses over, so working with him, and my DH being in the same room was proving to be very tense.
Our work commitments came to a temporary stop. I then found out that OM had been badmouthing me to the colleague we both work with. In addition, he told me that a particular element of our project was 'crap', 'poor', 'weak' and said that because I was a mother to two children I would be unlikely to achieve all I wanted in my work.
I snapped, and decided that enough was enough and it was time to move on and get this person out of my life - for me, my sanity, and my marriage going forward.
I ended our working relationship by email (I know, I could have done it face to face, but I had had enough), he was owed some money, which I settled by sending via post.
He has been in touch today with a vitriolic message berating me for being so immature in ending things without seeing him face to face (in my view, his denial of everything, plus badmouthing me was enough to justify my way of ending it).
I feel I have been fair (I paid him), and patient (not arguing back, or slagging him off publicly, or telling anyone about what happened). I've tried to be polite with him.
Not looking for sympathy, as I know I made mistakes, but I guess I need some reassurance that I've done the right thing by cutting all contact. I just feel I need it to move forward with life & my marriage. DH is obviously really pleased.
Feels difficult, and I suspect the badmouthing may continue to a wider circle of work colleagues which I guess I can't stop. Our paths are unlikely to cross, as in seven years of living where I do I had never met him.
I do now feel immature, but he has been so horrible and hurtful to me, at the same time I just don't see why I should care so much!
Feel a bit better for getting it off my chest, sorry so long.
I'm sorry, but this post is all about you and not about your own indefensible behaviour and how traumatised your husband must have been and no doubt still is.
It looks like you only gave the OM his marching orders when he was horrible to you, when actually you should have ended your association completely with him when the affair ended. I'm amazed your husband didn't make it a condition of staying with you, or that you can't see the thread of selfishness that binds together both the affair, your ending of it and now your disassociation. This was (and is) all about you and your feelings and no-one else's.
Cutting contact was absolutely necessary and will give you the only chance you have of making things work with your DH (who sounds extremely patient). And based on the badmouthing etc a clean break was probably for the best.
You have done the right thing and hopefully you can put this man behind you a d move forward with your H.
If he contacts you again just ignore it and block whatever you can.
Your life must be incredibly dull that you've had to invent this soap-opera to star in. I also feel very sorry for your DH in all this. If your marriage was in a 'bad place' before, it must be in an appalling place now. Your attention is still fully on the OM and I don't see much of a future for your marriage if you carry on in the same job. You've got a few more sacrifices to make and one of them - unfortunately - is going to be your present career
I agree you're getting off on the drama of this. I couldn't believe what I was reading when you said that you subjected your husband to social events with this awful man. People who do stuff like that are getting off on the buzz for sure, but it's so cruel. Yes, this man sounds appalling, but if I was your husband I would be questioning the judgement of his wife that she even gave this man any headspace, let alone had an affair with him. Your choice of OM says a lot about you, if you did but know it.
Tbh you both sound as bad as each other.
You're bound to have mixed feelings after everything. It may of taken you a while but you're doing the right thing cutting him off.
As an aside, i didn't know we were meant to judge and make catty remarks on mumsnet. If people dont have anything helpful to say they should keep their mouth shut. The OP knows she fucked up and is trying to sort her life and marriage out.
Makes me wonder what her dh is planning. She kept humiliating him and he allowed it.
BLA: we are not going to shut our mouths, we have gave our opinions to be helpful, the OP needs to grow up as it sounds like her and the OM have just played a big game and are still continuing to do so.
If you don't like the comments that are made, don't post on a public forum - simple.
OP, in the end you did the right thing.
Choosing to (metaphorically) shit on your own doorstep by choosing a colleague does of course make the aftermath worse. I know it's a tough job market, but you need to dust off your CV and look for a new job. It's part of the cost of a betrayal that was in you workplace. OM might stop bad mouthing you at some point, but some of the mud might stick, and a fresh start (if at all possible) could be the best thing for you.
And you dont think it sounds like shes sorting it out. And its not all advice is it? A lot of its judgemental, pointless rubbish aimed at making op feel worse.
i didn't know we were meant to judge and make catty remarks on mumsnet.
Bloody hell, you don't know much.
Frankly, I think the OP should feel worse.
The OP is sorting this out now because she is being inconvenienced by the OM's behaviour. The time to sort it out was when the affair ended, because that would have been best for her husband, their relationship together and as a by-product, herself.
There is no requirement to be non-judgemental on a forum. The only thing that is unacceptable are personal attacks, but that doesn't mean posters can't say if they think someone's behaviour is beyond the pale.
Yep to familyscapegoat. She could have rid herself ofthe other man long ago for her family and marmarriage.
The affair ended awile ago not just in the past couple of weeks. Wonder if she was hedging her bets.
BLA: well on a public forum you are going to have judgements, just because you don't agree with our opinions doesn't give you the right to tell us to shut up but again, it's a forum so you can also say what you like!
Sometimes people need a good frank straight answer, she's been given it. Perhaps it will help her realise how ridiculous it all sounds and she can concentrate on her marriage instead of tying herself in knots over what the OM thinks.
Just ignore the other man, cut all contact and focus on repairing trust with your husband.
Hands up, yes, I fucked up and made a mistake. I was selfish, and horrible. And my behaviour was indefensible.
There wasn't any hedging of bets, simply contracted work commitments to fulfil - which I did with DH's go ahead.
Agree, Jan45 it all sounds utterly ridiculous - think perhaps my posting on here was rather pointless, but was having a shit day and have always found MN good for support. Not when you are in the wrong, it seems, but we are indeed all allowed our opinions!
Now that it's all over, it is indeed time to continue working with DH to repair my marriage & stop dwelling on what has, regrettably, happened.
Good for you, OP. You took that on the chin.
Good, so perhaps my advice did help, even if it was extremely blunt!
And yes, you did take that well on the chin, a lot wouldn't have returned!
Why have you posted this twice under different titles?
Apologies, computer was playing up earlier. Have alerted MNHQ - hopefully they will delete the duplication.
OP- You did the right thing and yet you are being flamed for it. Hmmm..some people are very helpful I don't see why she sounds 'ridiculous'. Some people are so unkind here- are you all like this in real life or just behind an anon forum?
People make mistakes in life. Those without sin cast the first stone etc etc....might be something for some posters to consider a bit. And by 'sin' I don't mean affairs- I mean all kinds of behaviour that falls short of the ideal.
The OM has treated you badly and maybe it's proof that the relationship would never have worked anyway. He sounds a cad, to put it mildly.
It must have been terrible for you having to work with him and see him socially with your DH there too.
All I can say is thank goodness it only lasted for 3 months before you saw the light.
Move on and make the most of what you have now. You seem to have a good man in your DH and hopefully it will work out for you.
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