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  1. OH Alison, that is my favorite book, and you're right, so beautifully written. You are so right…it almost mirrors what he's done too. He's an absolute fool.
    You are my hero. I don't know what I'd do in the same situation. You take care.

  2. OH Alison, that is my favorite book, and you're right, so beautifully written. You are so right…it almost mirrors what he's done too. He's an absolute fool.
    You are my hero. I don't know what I'd do in the same situation. You take care.

  3. I'd love to be able to make a comment that is both insightful and inspirational here… but I can't. There isn't anything left to say, Meredith, Kali, Savannah and the lady of the fairycakes have said it all.

  4. I'd love to be able to make a comment that is both insightful and inspirational here… but I can't. There isn't anything left to say, Meredith, Kali, Savannah and the lady of the fairycakes have said it all.

  5. You have reached that state of utter profound wisdom that comes after having expended nearly every tear there is to shed. I'm quite in awe honestly.
    I remember a similar time in my own life when I had to get to the end of myself in order to finally see how terribly sad that other person really was.
    I'm proud of your dirty oven! It's a symbol I think of your new freedom.

  6. You have reached that state of utter profound wisdom that comes after having expended nearly every tear there is to shed. I'm quite in awe honestly.
    I remember a similar time in my own life when I had to get to the end of myself in order to finally see how terribly sad that other person really was.
    I'm proud of your dirty oven! It's a symbol I think of your new freedom.

  7. Good for you, Alison! Obviously, we are all proud of you (and much relieved that you aren't on Sylvia Plath's path–that would not be a good thing). Life is glorious even with all it's sad bits–you and Finley are going to have so much fun.

  8. Good for you, Alison! Obviously, we are all proud of you (and much relieved that you aren't on Sylvia Plath's path–that would not be a good thing). Life is glorious even with all it's sad bits–you and Finley are going to have so much fun.

  9. Bravo Alison! Sooner or later he will Miss his son sooo bad,can you imagine not seeing Finley every morning when you wake? of course you cant,and if Mark has a heart at all,then surely it must be breaking.Its his loss.

  10. Bravo Alison! Sooner or later he will Miss his son sooo bad,can you imagine not seeing Finley every morning when you wake? of course you cant,and if Mark has a heart at all,then surely it must be breaking.Its his loss.

  11. This is the turning point….for you and him. Female independance either exilerates or frightens men, he'll want to be part of it or crush it. I think this will be the start of him attempting to worm his way back in-hence the looks he gives you. Alison, don't you ever lose sight he is nothing more than "Gollum" wanting to reclaim his "precious", duplicitous & deceitful! Think you are loving how you feel now (notice how your step feels lighter), wait till your soulmate first makes an appearance and catches your eye. This is when you realise that Mark was nothing more than the interlude. So glad the fog has cleared.

  12. This is the turning point….for you and him. Female independance either exilerates or frightens men, he'll want to be part of it or crush it. I think this will be the start of him attempting to worm his way back in-hence the looks he gives you. Alison, don't you ever lose sight he is nothing more than "Gollum" wanting to reclaim his "precious", duplicitous & deceitful! Think you are loving how you feel now (notice how your step feels lighter), wait till your soulmate first makes an appearance and catches your eye. This is when you realise that Mark was nothing more than the interlude. So glad the fog has cleared.

  13. Keep moving forward as you are, and continue to carve out a beautiful life for yourself and Finley!! You deserve it!!! Hugs..xo

  14. You have been liberated my Sweet – and what a feeling huh?
    I haven't been able to comment lately, as my heart has been breaking for you, and I had no words…
    But I am so happy you are at this place now ๐Ÿ™‚ And the sweetest revenge of all is being genuinely happy (and slim!!)
    Forget him and just be in love with your life as it is!
    Hugs xxx

  15. You have been liberated my Sweet – and what a feeling huh?
    I haven't been able to comment lately, as my heart has been breaking for you, and I had no words…
    But I am so happy you are at this place now ๐Ÿ™‚ And the sweetest revenge of all is being genuinely happy (and slim!!)
    Forget him and just be in love with your life as it is!
    Hugs xxx

  16. I am new to this page and thought ..what a lovely light, cheery place, just fluff…How wrong I was–how wonderful to find strength as well…hang in there sister, youre obviously loved and admired by more than just this new devotee

  17. Ali, I've hoped against hope that this day would arrive, that the fog would lift and my Alison would reappear in all her beauty and glory that was meant to be.Well done Angel,the only way is up now!

  18. Ali, I've hoped against hope that this day would arrive, that the fog would lift and my Alison would reappear in all her beauty and glory that was meant to be.Well done Angel,the only way is up now!

  19. There is a wonderful Afrikaans novel, Griet Skryf 'n Sprokie (English translation "Griet Tells a Fairy Tale"), that starts (more or less) with the protagonist – who has been abandoned by her man and fled to a friend's holiday flat to recover – sticking her head in the gas oven, only to see an enormous cockroach, and so hit her head as she makes her speedy exit. Of course she spends the rest of the afternoon cleaning the oven. Crisis averted.
    I think you might like this book.

  20. There is a wonderful Afrikaans novel, Griet Skryf 'n Sprokie (English translation "Griet Tells a Fairy Tale"), that starts (more or less) with the protagonist – who has been abandoned by her man and fled to a friend's holiday flat to recover – sticking her head in the gas oven, only to see an enormous cockroach, and so hit her head as she makes her speedy exit. Of course she spends the rest of the afternoon cleaning the oven. Crisis averted.
    I think you might like this book.

  21. Your tears may not just be for him but for whom you thought he was. A man who leaves his family for another is, well, no real man. Being a father takes a true man just as you are a true mother at heart. Your friends here are right – this is a turning point for you. you are right – she can have him. But you are the stronger person here and that is never the easy position to be in. The reluctant leader sets her mind forth and caries on when other leave. She finds her way to rise above and create heaven amidts hell, complete with flowers, lemons and polish. Your son will thank you and respect you forever. This is the road less traveled and less celebrated. It is not for the faint of heart – only the strong are selected. You are to be comended for keeping your head and forging ahead. I will sontinue to send my good thoughts your way.

  22. Like Emily Dickinson, I hope you continue to dwell in possibility and write lovely prose! I echo all of the sentiments of my kindred spirits at this site; we visit because of you and your loveliness; we wish you strength and peace.

  23. Keep your head held high, I to have been in your shoes. I only found your site recently, awesome, keep up the good work. We are all with you…..

  24. Keep your head held high, I to have been in your shoes. I only found your site recently, awesome, keep up the good work. We are all with you…..

  25. “The way we choose to love our children is at the very heart of who we are”.This truly shows the inner soul of a good person!Like Claudette said; Stay away from Gollum!

  26. “The way we choose to love our children is at the very heart of who we are”.This truly shows the inner soul of a good person!Like Claudette said; Stay away from Gollum!

  27. "I like the gaps where he used to be. The sense of absolute possibility trembling under my skin."
    …beautiful.

  28. "I like the gaps where he used to be. The sense of absolute possibility trembling under my skin."
    …beautiful.

  29. Alison,
    I've just discovered your site and it is lovely. Your writing is beautiful. I am so sorry you are going through a difficult time. Your attitude and strength are amazing. Your little boy is lucky to have such a mother! Keep your chin up! I will be passing your site on to some other people I know will enjoy it!

  30. Hi, I havent been by here for quite awhile as my own site and family keep me so busy. Stopped by tonight just to have a link and see what was going on over here. I was really shocked about the news of your husband and I am so sorry that you have been through such a traumatic time. I must just say though that your writing is lovely, so sincere and poetic, it has really moved me. Rarely have I read anything so beautifully written. I am thinking of you even though we dont know each other, I am sending you all the best wishes and vintage vibes possible.

  31. Hi, I havent been by here for quite awhile as my own site and family keep me so busy. Stopped by tonight just to have a link and see what was going on over here. I was really shocked about the news of your husband and I am so sorry that you have been through such a traumatic time. I must just say though that your writing is lovely, so sincere and poetic, it has really moved me. Rarely have I read anything so beautifully written. I am thinking of you even though we dont know each other, I am sending you all the best wishes and vintage vibes possible.

  32. Alison you are so honest with us and I value that. If I lived next door, I would happily make you lemon tea (or a G and T!), feed you violet cremes and soothe your sobs! When you said "he's not the man he used to be" you hit the nail on the head. His behaviour does make you wonder doesn't it? How can he possibly think he's going to get love from a woman who doesn't see her children? I wonder what his relationship with his mother was like? Was she cold towards him? Is he subconsciously searching for a woman to recreate something from his childhood? Maybe you are just too damn warmhearted! There are underlying issues at work here, and knowing that should help you to avoid beating yourself up wondering what you did or didn't do. You know it's also better for Finley to grow up with one loving, utterly devoted parent than to have a father in his life who is ever-capable of walking out at a moment's notice. Better he's gone now and you all move on! I don't know if any of this is helping but I always read your blog and I really feel for you. I too am very proud of you! xxxx

  33. Alison you are so honest with us and I value that. If I lived next door, I would happily make you lemon tea (or a G and T!), feed you violet cremes and soothe your sobs! When you said "he's not the man he used to be" you hit the nail on the head. His behaviour does make you wonder doesn't it? How can he possibly think he's going to get love from a woman who doesn't see her children? I wonder what his relationship with his mother was like? Was she cold towards him? Is he subconsciously searching for a woman to recreate something from his childhood? Maybe you are just too damn warmhearted! There are underlying issues at work here, and knowing that should help you to avoid beating yourself up wondering what you did or didn't do. You know it's also better for Finley to grow up with one loving, utterly devoted parent than to have a father in his life who is ever-capable of walking out at a moment's notice. Better he's gone now and you all move on! I don't know if any of this is helping but I always read your blog and I really feel for you. I too am very proud of you! xxxx

  34. Even in grieving there is beauty: to see your own beauty and goodness and to have the ability to nurture your pain with creativity, compassion…to see in the mirror what is truly there, all the goodness and beauty of your own wonderful qualities…to celebrate your ability to triumph over life's trials through your own personal strengths. Be thankful he showed his true colors earlier rather then later, because now you have the chance to find someone who really deserves you while you are still young. And always remember, any psychologist will tell you, from what you said, he isn't really 'in love' with "her" just as she can't possibly be in love with him, because the two of them do not seem to genuinally have the capacity to have a true emotional bond. They can compensate by having charisma, charm, attractiveness, etc., but their behaviors tell me, there is something deeply missing in their underlying psychological makeup. Unfortunately, some people do not have a conscious (sociopaths) or they cannot feel another person's feelings and are only able to be in touch with their own (as you said, she can only ever be in love with herself) which is a true narcissist. There are, unfortunately, many more of them out there then most people realize. When you begin to date again, which you will, look for two things: 1.) Is their behavior consistent with their words? 2.) Are they emotionally responsive to your emotions in a way that is intuitive (rather than canned)? The final test: when you look into their eyes, do you see emotional expressiveness in them when you express emotions of sadness or pain? If the answers are Yes, Yes, and Yes, then they pass, you've found a genuine feeling person. But be careful, even feeling people are not always trustworthy, so keep your guard up, be cautious, and keep doing what you're great at, nurturing yourself, because that emotional independence will keep you from feeling needy and possibly succombing to the wrong man. You're brilliant!

  35. Even in grieving there is beauty: to see your own beauty and goodness and to have the ability to nurture your pain with creativity, compassion…to see in the mirror what is truly there, all the goodness and beauty of your own wonderful qualities…to celebrate your ability to triumph over life's trials through your own personal strengths. Be thankful he showed his true colors earlier rather then later, because now you have the chance to find someone who really deserves you while you are still young. And always remember, any psychologist will tell you, from what you said, he isn't really 'in love' with "her" just as she can't possibly be in love with him, because the two of them do not seem to genuinally have the capacity to have a true emotional bond. They can compensate by having charisma, charm, attractiveness, etc., but their behaviors tell me, there is something deeply missing in their underlying psychological makeup. Unfortunately, some people do not have a conscious (sociopaths) or they cannot feel another person's feelings and are only able to be in touch with their own (as you said, she can only ever be in love with herself) which is a true narcissist. There are, unfortunately, many more of them out there then most people realize. When you begin to date again, which you will, look for two things: 1.) Is their behavior consistent with their words? 2.) Are they emotionally responsive to your emotions in a way that is intuitive (rather than canned)? The final test: when you look into their eyes, do you see emotional expressiveness in them when you express emotions of sadness or pain? If the answers are Yes, Yes, and Yes, then they pass, you've found a genuine feeling person. But be careful, even feeling people are not always trustworthy, so keep your guard up, be cautious, and keep doing what you're great at, nurturing yourself, because that emotional independence will keep you from feeling needy and possibly succombing to the wrong man. You're brilliant!

  36. It happened to me when my son Justin was 2 also. My mom said… if you want to go out I will watch Justin and out I went! How I gathered up the courage to go I do not know how but I did. I started going to a club that offered free dance lessons once a week. I held my head high, dressed to the T and walked right in. I went every week. What was especially great about these dance lessons were you didnt need a partner. You danced with every one, you did the steps then moved on down. That way every woman met every man. After a few weeks one of the guys there asked where I went after the lessons. I told him I went to another club across town that had live music. He asked if I minded if he ever came there to buy me a drink sometime. I said that would be fine and one night he showed up. Turned out he was in the process of getting a divorce too (no kids)On our second date he asked me to bring my son along.When I saw how good he was with my son I started to fall in love with him. That Thanksgiving we spent it with his family. They accepted us with open arms. We married shortly after that. When I gave my son the choice of what he wanted to call Phil (dad or Phil) he said he's my dad (his own dad asked to not be a part of his life altho paid child support his whole life)which was fine with us. Now we have been married 28 years and have a daughter 25 named Aimee. We never refer to the words step father ot step child in our home.We are just one happy family. I know this is a long story but I had to let you know. Second marriages are great! Some of us just don't get it right the first time is all. I hear women say all the time I will never marry again and I think of all they are missing!There's someone else out there for you. You're just one of us that needed 2 tries! He's out there! I know he is! fondly, Nancy

  37. It happened to me when my son Justin was 2 also. My mom said… if you want to go out I will watch Justin and out I went! How I gathered up the courage to go I do not know how but I did. I started going to a club that offered free dance lessons once a week. I held my head high, dressed to the T and walked right in. I went every week. What was especially great about these dance lessons were you didnt need a partner. You danced with every one, you did the steps then moved on down. That way every woman met every man. After a few weeks one of the guys there asked where I went after the lessons. I told him I went to another club across town that had live music. He asked if I minded if he ever came there to buy me a drink sometime. I said that would be fine and one night he showed up. Turned out he was in the process of getting a divorce too (no kids)On our second date he asked me to bring my son along.When I saw how good he was with my son I started to fall in love with him. That Thanksgiving we spent it with his family. They accepted us with open arms. We married shortly after that. When I gave my son the choice of what he wanted to call Phil (dad or Phil) he said he's my dad (his own dad asked to not be a part of his life altho paid child support his whole life)which was fine with us. Now we have been married 28 years and have a daughter 25 named Aimee. We never refer to the words step father ot step child in our home.We are just one happy family. I know this is a long story but I had to let you know. Second marriages are great! Some of us just don't get it right the first time is all. I hear women say all the time I will never marry again and I think of all they are missing!There's someone else out there for you. You're just one of us that needed 2 tries! He's out there! I know he is! fondly, Nancy

  38. "Lives crumble in small, simple moments."
    How true that is…Ali, I just found this site and can't stop reading. I too, thought it was a sweet site that shared stories about vintage aprons, etc…but found so much more. Last year I went through something similar with my husband of 7 years. Guess he was getting "itchy". We have two children and truly loved each other madly. Then he told me that he had suprised himself by falling in "love" with his beautiful and artsy assistant and was probably going to leave me. US. I had never gone through so much pain and agony in my entire life…yet I came out a stronger woman because of it. We are still together after a lot of fog-lifting, realizations, counseling, reading, tears, and hell. Something that helped me get through this might help you too:
    “Can real feelings develop in such an environment? Sure, but they become hard-wired to the conditions that they grew in. The affair is murky water, and people, adaptive creatures that we are, develop pseudo gills and fins to swim in it. Pull a fish out of water and into the air, you know what happens.”
    and:
    Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending. – Carl Bard
    By now you have probably gone through a lot of the anguish that you are ever going to go through, but I know there are times when it will bring you down to your knees, as it still does me. Hope I helped give a little relief for those bad days…

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