HOLIDAY BLUES – not a happy story

By | 8th August 2017

I’m sat on the terrace of my holiday rental, the only person awake. I like this time for the warming morning sun, for the quiet and for the chance to be alone with my thoughts.

I’ve been almost dreading this holiday. I mean, I’ve been looking forward to the break, to the chance to be by the sea and to the possibility of good food eaten in beautiful surroundings. But over the months preceding the trip the distance between myself and my wife has become a yawning chasm, the gap so wide that physical contact seems impossible. Even the perfunctory peck on the cheek when one or the other of us leaves or returns home has gone.

Surely we have to talk about it. I’m pretty sure she thinks the same; in fact I think she’s waiting for after the boy’s 18th, not wanting what should be a joyous family gathering to be sullied by some big row between the two of us.

But waiting is an absolute bastard, even if it is for a conversation I’m not sure I even want to have.

Perhaps she’s going to say she wants out. Out of a marriage that’s lacked intimacy and communication for most of its duration; out of a marriage where neither is satisfying the other’s most basic needs; out of a marriage where both of us can feel lonely while not alone

Perhaps she’s going to say she knows about my alter ego, about my beautiful Mistress and the paid-for spanky sex I’ve self-indulgently allowed myself. I don’t think that’s it. If she knew about that she’d hate me so much she wouldn’t be able to keep it in.

So what do I want out of the big altercation that feels so near it’s an oppressive, almost physical presence on our holiday?

I have no fucking clue.

I don’t know whether I want a reconciliation, a building of bridges and a working towards a solution. It’s probably too late for all that anyway.

I don’t know whether I want a separation; the stress of that option seems so daunting. In truth, I’m so horrified by the process of separation that I can’t see beyond it.

More clarity about my feelings for her would help; surely any move forward, even if that means a parting, has to start from there:

I love her a bit. She’s my wife and the mother of my children and we’ve shared a lot together.  She’s clever and hard working and dedicated and she loves our boys unreservedly. I love to ski with her, matching turns as we flow fast down a mountain, laughing at the sheer joy of it. I wish that were enough

I hate her a bit. For the obsessive, perfectionist, control freak part of her; for her refusal to accept that anything wrong in our relationship might have its foundation in her behaviour as well as in mine; and, even ten years on, I hate her a bit for her affair and her refusal to accept any responsibility for it.

Mostly though my feelings lie between these two extremes and we rub along OK.

Or we did. Could we again? Would that be enough?

Were we to separate, I’d be sixty before it got sorted out. Do I really want to try and build a new life for myself with all that entails? Does she? Perhaps we don’t have a choice. I can’t see her living with the knowledge that I see other women to satisfy my masochistic needs and I’m not sure I’m prepared to subjugate or hide those needs any longer. The lies are too exhausting.

So we go through our holiday dancing round each other, dancing round the gorilla in the room.

What a fucking mess.


7 thoughts on “HOLIDAY BLUES – not a happy story

  1. Molly

    I wish I had some concrete advice for you but all I can say is that when I realised I had come to a similar place in my 1st marriage I changed everything. It was not without its pain but I have never once regretted that decision


  2. NotRomeo

    Thank you for sharing. I read all your posts, they are addictive. You provide such insight and create an emotional connection between us, you and the events you talk about. A squeeze in sympathy for you. I hope you can find a way to move forward.

  3. Marie Rebelle

    I am searching for words of wisdom here, things to tell you, how to ‘help’ you in this, but I cannot find any. Lots of talking will have to be done and as Honey said, lots of truths need to be told. It takes a hell of a lot of guts to step out of something ‘okay-ish’ into the unknown and start over again, no matter what your age is. As you say, you might not want to hide your needs any longer, and maybe you don’t want to carry on for 20+ years in something that’s only okay-ish. No one can tell you what to do and no one can tell you how this will play out. I wish you much strength and wisdom and hope you can enjoy at least some parts of your vacation.

    Lots of hugs!

    Rebel xox

  4. HappyComeLucky

    It’s such a hard position. It’s not possible to know what she will say until the conversation happens. You both need to share as much truth as you can. As always, listening is vital. One conversation isn’t enough. It needs to be the start whichever way the journey then goes.
    Good luck.

  5. Rebecca

    A great sadness and perhaps a realisation that sometimes things have to come to a head, in whatever respect that might be. It is the fear of the unknown and the comfortàble if lacklustre life we have which prevents many a leap of faith.
    I have always been blunt with you. Your indulgence with the other life has increased (and in denia)l the puiquancy of the girlfriend post especially reveals the chasm between your lives.
    I feel a sadness at the openness of your post bit destiny is in both your hands, remember there is three sides to every story; your side, your wife’s sidde and the truth. Time to ask where do you see yourself x x

  6. KP

    I’d hesitate to hit a ‘like’ button, if there were one. But, oof. I’m feeling for you here. *manly fistbump*


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