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She didn't care anymore about working. She didn't care anymore about what people thought. She actually daydreamed nonstop about what it would be like to just do what she wanted to do; when she wanted to do it and with whom.
This was not a good thing. How realistic was it to feel this way?
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When had she decided to become, in her opinion, spoiled? She had always believed that work was something you needed to do to be successful but then again it hadn't ended up working out quite the way she'd hoped. Letting herself off the hook as she seemed to be doing a lot lately, Kim thought about the recent turn of events. She'd been pretty down and had even gone to see a counselor months ago with Ben to talk over some of her frustrations with their marriage.
Since the economy tank of a few years back, he'd basically become a household fixture. He'd lost all of his clients and most of the money on his own investments. Barely working would be putting it mildly. He did try to contribute by cooking and cleaning but since she did her fair share on weekends, how difficult could it be?
Yes, he was bringing in a paycheck from his unemployment at the moment but it was a pittance. And exactly how many sports or old movies could one guy possibly watch? If she ever wanted to know where Ben was, all she had to do was look for a TV.
The trip to the counselor had been a total waste of hard-earned money. Whereas Kim and Ben had enjoyed the luxury of always having enough money over the past decade, now they found themselves in the same boat as most of the country, pinching pennies. Not that they were destitute but they certainly didn't have money for the extras like they once did. Signing up to see a counselor and paying for it out-of-pocket was a bold move on Kim's part. All to no avail unfortunately. Ben had acted like he was deaf and mute during their appointment.
He had nothing to contribute and only offered up that he thought the marriage was fine. What was the problem?
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After a passionate and cooperative marriage, their lives had disintegrated into sex by scheduled appointment only. Add to that the fact that it was only at Kim's initiation, it was downright humiliating. There was no intimacy left in their marriage and Kim couldn't bear the thought of begging for attention from a man she had thought would love her forever.
More frustrating still, Kim worked hard to keep herself attractive and liked to think that someone would be proud to have her on his arm. Obviously that wasn't the case since she and Ben moved through life on auto pilot.
They went places together if they needed to but never for pleasure. Each had their own activities that they indulged in that the other knew nothing about. Their home had become a place where they both ate and slept and nothing more. They didn't even entertain these days. Probably for the best as she was quite sure people would recognize two people merely existing who'd lost their spark for each other. As if Ben's TV addiction wasn't enough, Kim had noticed that he'd also become addicted to the computer over the past 2 months or so.
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He seemed to spend as much time on the computer as he did watching TV. When she asked him about it, he never gave her any answer other than "working on investment strategies.
If their relationship had been falling apart before the loss of his business, it most assuredly went further into oblivion after that. Nothing she said could convince him that it hadn't been his fault. Investing in high-risk portfolios wouldn't have been her choice but she had always known Ben to be a little undisciplined.
Case in point, raising their children. She mentally rolled her eyes thinking about the arguments they had had over the years about letting their boys grow up and how many times Ben had done things behind her back trying to "fix things" as he'd put it. The result had been a growing chasm between the two of them. Trust is hard to regain when someone keeps doing what you ask them not to do and especially behind your back.
Growing tired of playing second fiddle to the TV or the computer, Kim began finding more and more things to do away from home. She attended more meetings, she took classes or she went out to dinner with friends. If she wanted to foot the blame on someone, it was her friend Sheila who'd gotten her into the pickle she now found herself in.
Sheila, a three-time divorcee, was on the prowl for converts to her new religion of "friends with benefits. On a whim one night after a glass of wine at Sheila's, Kim took her up on her suggestion to join a chat room on the Internet and "look for love. In retrospect, had she not ventured out on that proverbial limb, Kim wouldn't be in this state of unrest now. She'd come up with a clever screen name, "workerbee" and somehow it had morphed into something she couldn't walk away from.
She had connected that night with someone with the handle "washedup" and from there, the relationship had blossomed. She had had no intention of ever going back on-line after that first night but somehow she had been drawn to this man who was so self-effacing and who apparently was as lonely as she was. Finishing their conversation on that very first night, Kim had made the commitment to try and come back simply because it had been such a novelty "conversing" with someone or having someone pay attention to her, even if it was on-line.
Over the first week or so, she'd become more and more open with him, not sharing the details of her life but her feelings of loneliness and depression over the turn her life had taken. Kim was very reticent to offer up any personal details.
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She'd read enough horror stories about giving out information on the Internet. She didn't have to think twice about keeping her real life details private. Just in case this was someone who wasn't what he appeared to be, she made sure to only divulge the most general things. Not so surprisingly, he seemed to be of the same mind yet somehow they communicated intimately all the while leaving out the traceable details of their lives.
Both having admitted that they were married, though unhappily so, they seemed to have a boundless amount of topics to cover.
Purging herself of all of her bad feelings and her insecurities had given her the peace that she had hoped counseling would have accomplished. Once she began to clear her mind of all the clutter, she was able to more clearly define who she wanted to be and what her goals and dreams were.
She didn't trash Ben or mention any details of their life together, past or present. She simply focused on herself and what she wanted out of the rest of her life. Her on-line friend had started out listening and offering advice only sparingly but had then moved on to sharing disappointments with his own life. After a time, he began to share his hopes and needs with Kim as well. He seemed to know instinctively that the details of his marriage past and present would be inappropriate.
It would seem that he needed to concentrate on his future just as much as Kim did. Somehow their relationship had grown to the point where Kim couldn't wait to get to work to sign on and "talk. She wanted to ask more personal questions; for instance about what he looked like, how old he was, what he did for a living, did he have children.
Yet somehow it seemed simpler to just accept him for who he was as he accepted her. A companionable friend out in cyberspace who seemed to be as drawn to her as she was to him. But as comforting and exciting as this new "relationship" was, Kim was beginning to feel a little guilty about the feelings she was developing for this unseen person and one day, feeling desperate and overwhelmed, she had to let her feelings out.
I feel like I'm cheating on my husband having these on-line sessions with you. Don't you feel the slightest bit guilty, too? He had confessed that he thought most of the doing had been his own. He felt he was lousy at being a husband to his current wife for many reasons.
He hadn't offered more detail than that and although Kim doubted everything could be laid at his feet, she had left it at that, assuming she'd be better off not knowing all the bullet points. When asked if he felt guilty, his reply had been slow in coming. Finally the reply on the screen read, "I do but I don't want to. After his honest reply, Kim couldn't shake her gut feeling that it was wrong to continue this on-line relationship.
Where was it going? Did they have the right to hurt two innocent people like this? Kim abruptly ended the conversation saying that she needed to think about things, that she'd have to wrestle with the morality of what she was doing. Over the next days, she busied herself, desperately trying to distract herself and do something, anything to keep from logging on again or trying to contact him.
The days went by and finally, after several sleepless nights where she fantasized how it might be to be in a relationship again where someone wanted her as much as she wanted him, she rushed to work early and signed on. Within minutes, he was there on-line, telling her how much he had missed her, how happy he was that she was back in his life.
As if she'd never left, she was back in the groove of pouring out her feelings and he responded. He begged her to please never cut off her communication with him again.
Feeling as though they had come to a major bend in the road together, a decision made, she asked for his name and he replied soon after "Daniel". Her guilt was not totally washed away by her few days of abstinence. She knew that they had definitely made a decision to proceed on wherever this new relationship was leading. Still she hesitated when he asked for her name in return. Without thinking, she quickly reinvented herself as "Liz".
Admittedly, it had been a long, long while since he'd had something to smile about. He knew there would be hard times ahead when he had to face Kim and tell her the truth about wanting to end their marriage. Especially if he had to confess that he had met someone else and especially someone on the Internet.
But for today, for tonight, he could feel nothing but anticipation and joy for the first time in so long. He felt like a man reborn. He wanted to start his new life right this moment.
He wanted these feelings to last forever.
He had finally convinced the woman he had been corresponding with on-line to meet with him in person. It had taken him more than a week to convince her that it was the logical next step. It had seemed altogether too much like fate that they actually lived in the same city.
It was as if the gods were smiling down on him encouraging him to take this new path in his life. He had every intention of walking down a new road with this woman. She seemed to be perfect for him in every way. She was supportive and kind. She was also witty and intelligent and could understand the mysteries of why people acted as they did. In all their soul baring, there had never been the slightest hint of her being judgmental or intolerant.
Ben mused that she must have had a wonderful childhood and be very well adjusted to be so sure of herself. In fact, she sounded like just what Ben needed for the rest of his days. It's just dinner and conversation and then we'll see where it leads. He could always access his app from his phone. He was definitely covering all the bases to make sure they'd connect. He'd made arrangements to meet her at an Italian restaurant in a town 30 miles from home, somewhere he was pretty sure he couldn't possibly run into anyone he knew.
She'd agreed to the spot too as some place far enough away from her home to risk the same scenario. He was thankful that Kim had had a medical conference she'd needed to attend for the next few days. It had made it much easier for him to set this up. He knew he was sneaking around behind her back but the fact that she was out of town allowed him to breathe a little easier. Still, he did feel guilty.
After all was said and done, they'd shared a lifetime together. He didn't want to hurt her and would always want her to be happy. Yet he relished the fact that he now had a few days to actually test the waters before facing the inevitable. The plan set in motion, Ben allowed himself a moment to sigh in relief. His relationship with Kim would end soon and they would both be able to face life with a fresh start. For Ben, after all this time of going through the motions together but not really thriving, he knew he needed a living, breathing person in his life.
He was counting on the fact that the days of chatting on the Internet would be replaced by interacting in person. He'd decided it was time to get the ball rolling in the right direction and decision made, he was anxious to move on. It would be better for both him and Kim in the long run.
Of that he was certain. It was unfair to both of them to continue living a lie, to stay married out of obligation or guilt. As Kim had begun spending less and less time at home, Ben was convinced that she must know in her heart of hearts that their marriage was nothing but a sham and that it was truly time for both of them to start over.
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