Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Judy's New Life #9

Judy's New Life #9

Okay, okay....so let's see if we can decide how to end this short  long saga of Judy's New Life. Some great thoughts were shared in the comments last week either wanting me to kick Duane to the curb, or to let him back into the family. Some were not sure what to do.  So I've come up with a compromise.  Thanks to Val for posting the poem to the comments last week. It was so perfect!
shattered family-portrait Maddi Gillel

The next morning Gina and Sandra left for school and Duane left for work. Nothing was said between them about the previous evening. Judy was grateful for the silence.  He did not make an effort to embrace her or kiss her good-bye, saying that he would be back in the evening for dinner.

After making sure Carl was comfortable and had all he needed nearby, Judy called the office to assure them she would be there the next day. She walked to her small office and turned on the computer to catch up on her email and visit some blogs she enjoyed. There she found a poem that addressed her state of mind: 

Friendship (relationship) is like china,
Dainty, sweet and fair.
When broken can be mended, 
But the scar is always there.

Reading this gave Judy the resolve to talk to Duane. Later in the afternoon, she called her attorney, finished up some laundry, and prepared dinner. All her plans were in place. After dinner was finished, Judy asked the girls to clean up the kitchen, and invited Duane to the office to talk privately.

“I have made a decision. Having you in the house is not working out.  I want you to move out to an apartment, or live with your family; I don’t care where.” Duane didn’t try to interrupt her.

“Whether or not we can restore our family is not a hasty decision for me.  I’m hurt. I have a new life now, and I need space and time. I’ve talked to my attorney to draw up a legal separation agreement, and he will talk to your attorney to work out the details. We can continue to raise our children together. Counseling is a requirement, so either you or I need to find someone to meet with individually and together to see if you we can rebuild what we have lost.”

“Judy, I had hoped we would be able to put the past behind us.”

“Not that easy, Duane. I know the kids will be disappointed, but they will adjust and, hopefully, will appreciate our commitment to counseling. I’m making no promises right now. You have to leave the house for me to make sure I am making the right decisions.”

Duane nodded his head in agreement. They told the kids of their decision, emphasizing the fact that they would be working on their marriage and a divorce was not in the immediate future. Duane then packed his clothes and left the house. Tears flowed from Sandra’s eyes as she waved to him from the window. She brushed past Judy and ran to her room. Judy did not pursue her.

After watching some television with Gina and Carl, she helped Carl to his room and his bed for a good night’s sleep. Returning to her room, Judy felt a great sense of relief to know that Duane was out of the house. She also felt an increasing sense of power and independence for facing life in the days to come.

What do you think? Is this the right decision? How will it turn out? I loved sharing this story with you, and have so enjoyed your comments.

I'll start a new story soon! Not connecting today to any memes.

Linda Kay
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