Of course I should have known how this evening would end. I should have known it the minute I identified my mood was dropping after getting so tired and knowing there wouldn’t be any rest time.
We were up at the house, the kids were being great. It was a lovely evening with them. They went to bed really well, and I felt nicely relaxed. However, my mistake was not taking the opportunity and going to bed when I could. Instead I stayed up watching tv, waiting for S to get back. Old habits die-hard.
I watched one programme and there was a sexual assault. Nothing, NOTHING was shown, it was just implied. I wasn’t triggered by that. However, the way the perpetrator looked at his victim with such disgust, anger and hatred afterwards me – shook me to the very core. He looked at her with such repulsion, as though she was shit on his shoe. I have seen that very look after the brutal intimacy forced on me. I guess that was very much a piece I hadn’t really processed or considered in any depth. The way I was made to feel afterwards. Like it was my fault, any shame I didn’t already feel was imprinted on me forever more. i felt that shame in that moment, revisited. My blood felt icy cold in my veins, my heart seemed to struggle to beat to an increased tempo. I was both lying on the couch in the living room and back then. I was both in the moment receiving the look, and watching myself. I felt such a deep despair that even the tears couldn’t release. I had the incredible urge to hide behind a pillow, curl up in the foetal position, anything, ANYTHING to stop the hurt and the replay searing into my soul. Should I shower? Should I scream? How could I possibly placate this painful mourning. I flicked the tv to something else, I busied myself with mundane tasks, laundry, trying to find an old necklace, messing around with a make up case.
I suppose I did manage to ride this wave, but clearly the damage was done. Emotions lay on the surface and the inability to think objectively was hindered. S got back an hour later. Fairly drunk, looking dishevelled. He said he had a good night. We talked about the kids. I talked about the plans for the week, who was staying where. So far, so good right? Until I asked him to look after the kids one evening because there was something I wanted to check out and he commented, ‘speed dating,’ I asked him why on earth he thought I would do that?? He said I always wanted to date?? I don’t know where that’s from, I don’t know what he thinks of me, but I can’t think of anyone worse right now. Furthermore, is this the rapport now? Swapping dating stories?? No, I am still hurt from this separation. This is the man I’ve spent over a decade with, had children with, why on earth would I want to flippantly discuss dating? Maybe he feels cavalier about that subject. Maybe he is dating. But I wouldn’t want to know. I didn’t understand why he was trying to hurt me. Or maybe I was already too upset from earlier. I lost all impartiality. I tried to ask why, why would you say that? Is that really what you think? He clearly wasn’t in the mood to talk and proceeded to turn off all the lights. I went into the room with the mattress and tearfully went about taking my nightly meds. My son was up, and wanted to sleep with his Dad. But he sent him into me. A single mattress on the floor just isn’t ideal. I’ve told S that before, but still he sent him in and I asked my boy to leave. He got upset, rejected, and perhaps because he knew I was emotional and he was tired and he started to cry, big fat drops of tears, and I felt like a bitch. And S just shut his bedroom door, no doubt to fall fast asleep in a drunken stupor. And I felt like my duty was done. Kids were cared for, laundry is done. And with no rest for myself I looked at my son and the mattress and said, no. We’re going to MY house.
My home is becoming my safe space. I have it looking really bright and cheerful and homely. My only issue is the bloody neighbours. Here I sleep in my comfy big bed, in a spacious room with all of my things around. And here my son can sleep quite happily next to me.
My kids love it here, despite the neighbours. And if I end up moving when the lease is over, I know I’ll make the next place my home. Because I put time and effort and care into my home. And its welcoming, and the kids know that.
But how can the house be my home? When S seems to think we’re frat brothers!
If he wants to go out drinking and dating, then good on him. For me, I care about my children first, my wellbeing and trying to meet my personal objectives – study and getting fit and healthy again.
As for this trigger this evening, I intend to think about it some more – when my son is at school and grieve for the child turned into a woman before she was ready. Because GOD DAMN IT, I deserve to acknowledge that.