Tuesday, December 2, 2008
It came out of nowhere. Her e mail and his leaving. two week after their 18th anniversary and two day before their children's birthdays, he made an announcement on their way home from a funeral. "I'm not happy", he said. "Funny", she responded, "I thought we were." This kind of news travels through family and friends with a disbelief that leaves everyone speechless and frightened. What you thought was solid ground was nothing more than sand. "He's already got a place in town", she relayed with little emotion. The shock that her best friend had betrayed her was too painful to permit herself to feel. I talked to people who had been with them on the holiday and they saw nothing to suggest that there was discontent. It was all hidden, even from her. We all thought that if anyone would outgrow the other it would be her. His mother cried through the festive meal...now we know why.