So I made it home safe and sound in record time. If we count the near misses ( the car almost falling off the tow dolly and the freezing temps when I could not find a hotel and slept in the truck) well, I guess I can count my lucky stars that I am still in one piece racing across the country like Mario Andretti.
Driving across half the United States in a U-Haul by yourself gives you plenty of time for self reflection and a lot of time to release all the hurt and anger. Mile upon mile the conversation went something like this:
‘HE DOESN’T LOVE YOU ANYMORE! GET OVER IT!!!” (add loud screaming while this was being said out loud as I passed a million truck drivers looking at me like I was nuts)
“So this is your opportunity to craft a new life for yourself…how are you going to do that?”
THAT FUCKING PRICK!!!
I HOPE SHE GIVES HIM A DISEASE!!!!
“You have got to let go of this anger. it is only hurting you.”
“Maybe China would be a good start.”
THAT ASSHOLE! HOW DARE HE REPLACE ME!!! (He will marry her when our divorce is finalized)
When he realizes our kids are probably going to move to be with me at the end of the school year then it will hit him all that he has lost due to his thinking with his dick!
“Okay…cancel, cancel, cancel….Look at the pretty blue sky…anything to get your mind on something else!”
Gosh, I can’t believe that trucker wanted my phone number…ain’t happening dude!
“NHI YOU FUCKING CUNT. HOW DARE YOU DESTROY THIS FAMILY. I GET IT…YOU WERE SELLING CABBAGE RIGHT BEFORE YOU MET US. I GUESS THE BOOKS I SENT YOUR DAD AND THE MONEY I SENT YOU WASN’T ENOUGH AND YOU SAW THAT B WAS A MUCH BIGGER CATCH. BUT YOU HAVE TO LIVE WITH YOURSELF…ONLY YOU DO AND YOU HAVE NO CONSCIOUS.”
“Okay, you can’t blame her. She was just trying to lift herself out of poverty and it was B who broke his vows to you…not her!”
Let’t try this again…concentrate…what do you want to be when you grow up and reach 70 in 11 years? How are you going to achieve it? How do you want to be remembered? What is your legacy?
FUCK THIS LEGACY STUFF! I DID HAVE A LEGACY AND NOW IT HAS BEEN TURNED UPSIDE DOWN AND BACKASSWARDS!
HE DOESN’T LOVE YOU AND HASN’T FOR A LONG, LONG TIME. ANYONE WHO HAS CHEATED AND HURT YOU OVER AND OVER AGAIN DOESN’T LOVE YOU…GET THAT THROUGH YOUR FUCKING HARD HEAD!!!!
“Okay, he doesn’t love me. So what? I am still loveable even if he doesn’t!”
“I CAN DO THIS!!!”
FUCKTARD…FUCKTARD….FUCKTARD…(must have been said 10,000 times)
“Okay, you have a lot of offer the world. What do you mean what? Well…I am funny, persistent, hard working, adventurous, fun loving…hold a decent conversation,,,and I look hot in thigh high black boots…I mean really how many almost 60 yo can pull that one off!!!”
“Maybe a tummy tuck?”
“Maybe now you can finish your novel…hey….that thought for a new novel is brilliant!”
SLOW DOWN FOR GOODNESS SAKES…IF A COP PULLS YOU OVER YOU WILL START CRYING AND THEY WILL PROBABLY THROW YOU IN A CELL BECAUSE YOU ARE ACTING LIKE YOU ARE OVER THE EDGE….OKAY…THAT IS BESIDES THE POINT!
“I like it…maybe joining the Peace Corps isn’t a bad idea…and look at that…an assignment in Madagascar….now that would be exciting! If you are going to have to start working again at this age it has to be meaningful work!”
And so it went for almost 2000 miles. By the time I got to my home I was hoarse from all the shouting at myself, asshole and mistress. My eyes had a permanent bloodshot and glazed look about them after all the tears. But I also had released all five years of deception, lies and destroying myself as I tried to be someone that would make B happy but couldn’t because it really wasn’t about me at all. It was about him. A man who is a coward. A man who thinks fantasy is reality. A man who didn’t tell his therapist after two years of seeing her that he was having an affair. A man who couldn’t share his feelings and blamed me for it. A man who on the second day of meeting NHI said to her as I was taking their picture together on the steps of the palace “You are going to be my second wife!”
And me? I am sad. I am relieved. Not living with a liar is a gift. I have a chance to become whatever and whomever I want to be. I can do some really great things for myself and others that will bring happiness and meaning to my life. I get to discover who I am at almost 60 without kids, spouse, and cats. I get to lead my own parade with clowns, floats and big brass bands.
Most importantly….I got another page in my book…. and I will use it well.
2 thoughts on “Driving a U-Haul Across Country”
I love this so so so much. I totally went through this state. You need to have this grief. I’m actually happy he keeps your kids and you’re going to focus on tearing down the garbage and lies and rebuilding your life. And give the kids some time for them to miss you. And time for him to realize he’s an idiot. He’s always going to think he can Hoover you back. And you need to work on being fully aware of how to keep him far far away from you. No dice. Grey rock. Leave a cheater, gain a life. Chumplady for life
Thank you. It is nice to know that others have gone where I find myself now. To know that this is normal.