Dear Abby: This disastrous affair left me bitter and mistrustful

DEAR ABBY: I’m a 38-year-old woman who used to be nice. Then I had a three-year affair.

Jeanne Phillips 

Knowing I’m one of America’s bigger fools — and for such a long time — is infuriating, but I finally saw the light. The only person I think is a bigger fool than me is his wife.

Some “highlights” of our romance: He gave me an STD during spring break. I found an unknown woman’s phone number in his contact file, and I saw a blonde in a white convertible drop him off at his house at 9:15 in the morning, which, according to him, “never happened.” (My eyes don’t lie.) After I was struck by a car in a crosswalk, he never once called me to see how I was. His teenage son followed me around town flipping me off and shouting obscenities at me. There’s more, but I’ll spare you.

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Please warn your readers to stay away from affairs. They demean you, your mate will lose trust in you, and the person you’re having the affair with — can that person ever really be trusted? Won’t he cheat on you, too?

This “wonderful” man is an elementary school teacher. (Think about what he is teaching your kids, folks!)

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Like I said, I used to be nice. I used to care and trust. No more! This man changed not only my entire life but also my family’s. Will I ever forgive myself?

P.S. I have spent thousands of dollars for counseling. It’s a lot of money, but I am worth it.

FINALLY SAW THE LIGHT

DEAR FINALLY: Love may be blind, but I’m pleased you finally saw the light. I’m also pleased that you realized you needed professional help to regain some self-esteem. Your bitterness jumps off the pages of your letter. If you work on that with your counselor, too, it will be money well spent.

DEAR ABBY: I was widowed 10 years ago after 34 years of marriage. My late husband’s sister, “Barbara,” who is also now a widow with no children or other family, considers me her sister and friend.

Abby, I have never felt close to her. …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment

      

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