For 6 weeks all we did was talk. No tv, no movies no time apart except when I was at work. Absolutely no time apart other than my job. It’s all we knew to do at the time. I didn’t want to be anywhere else and niether did she. She does not work outside the home. From the very first day after she told me about the affair, every day that I was at work, she would call me when she left the house for any reason and call me again when she returned. That was her idea before I thought of it. She still does it today.
I have full access to her cell phone bill, email account and she told me she feels more secure knowing that I WANT to keep tabs on her. She has always had access to mine but then, there has never been any reason or suspicions on her part to check up on me.
The thing that makes this accountability work is that most of it has been her idea and she gives me absolutely no resistance. It is part of our plan to rebuild our marriage and not just my plan .
What am I doing to meet her needs that I wasn’t doing before. Everything. For some reason, I almost immediately knew what I had to do. I can’t explain it except to say, deep down I knew what I was with holding from her…and my new mission in life?…Make sure she never has to go outside our home to get what she needs.
The night she confessed everything to me, I thought we could never have sex again…I even said that to her. But after I forgave her, I knew I had to start immediately to get that part of our life back. So..the very next night we made love and went for about 65 or 66 days straight. Skipped a day and then started again. Not trying to break any records. Just a new attitude and reorganized priorities on my part. I had almost lost the most important part of my life and I was not about to let that happen because of anything that I was unwilling to change.
I began talking to her while we made love. Telling her how much I love her and how I was feeling and well, I don’t need to get to descriptive except to say that our love life changed radically and it was something she had always wanted but I had been too uncomfortable to do. It is still that way today. Honestly, I was about a once a week guy before. Too busy chasing success. Worn out at the end of the day. What a waste of life.
Also, she almost immediately began counseling with an incredibly brilliant lady (professional Christian counselor recommended by someone else). She went once a week for about 10 weeks. We scheduled the sessions on my days off so I could go with her. I would drop her off and go to the drug store and buy her nice card and meet her with the card when she came out of the counseling session. Then we would go have lunch and talk about it.
Of course I got counseling also, but I was meeting with another counselor. I wanted her to have her own private sessions with a female counselor so she didn’t feel like she had to hold anything back because of me being there. The counseling helped her tremendously which in turn helped me.
Other things I am doing that I didn’t do before: Clean up after myself. Voluntarily do the dishes and pick up the house. I give her a massage after we make love once or twice a week. The thing is I enjoy doing these things now. It’s kinda weird.
This post is really getting long. Once I get started, all of these thoughts start coming to me and I don’t want to leave anything out because I feel like if I don’t tell the whole story, someone will think that I’m not being real or whatever and that I must be naive to think that we could possibly have things together already. Trust me when I say, it is still very hard sometimes. The images that come into my mind were overwhelming and overpowered me mentally for a time.
I eventually learned to recognize those thoughts as “my enemies”. The thoughts will try to destroy you. The thoughts will try to get you to hate, to curse and even to kill. I am now much quicker to recognize when my mind is going in the wrong direction and I am able take control of my thoughts back…most of the time anyway.
There is so much more to say about what has helped me, us deal with this. I will be happy to talk about it in more detail in future posts.