Long Distance Letter

The last two days with Bennett were tough as we tried to manage a time difference and serious conversation.  

I went from sad to angry to numb over the course of minutes and back again.  Ultimately a feeling of acceptance settled in that he needed his time and I needed mine.  

Although I hadn’t written about it, but perhaps you pulled from context, I was pretty sure that our relationship would need to end by January.  I didn’t see Bennett making the necessary changes in his marriage that would be required for us to continue.  I knew I had moved towards acceptance.  

Many times Ann has said to me “Bennett believes what he tells you” and I finally and truly understand what this means.  I believe he wants me in his future. But getting there, that’s another story entirely.  

I’m not going to demand anything from him. He knows how I love him.  I have compromised to the point I can and I didn’t see me being able to manage past January with him. I had accepted limited time through December and made plans accordingly. I was really ok with these decisions.  I want to be with him over the holidays because I love him.  I wanted to enjoy the end of this year. 

 This year has been good to me in the strangest of ways. It started out with with grave illness and only got worse with horrible heartbreak and job loss. But then, the sun shone. I fell in love, spent an amazing summer at home with my children, purchased my family home and a new car and got the job of my dreams.  In my head I figured I might as well end my year happy and in love and deal with the next phase come the new year.  

My plan felt workable. 

You know the rest. 

My trip was amazing.  Not only was I in some beautiful far away places but I performed.  We walked away with more than we thought possible.  Mission accomplished. It was the hardest thing I have done to date. Being “on” for 12 days with a new boss was HARD.  Every minute of every day was the M show.   I was literally debilitated emotionally because I was giving everything to this role.  I actually forgot to text my kids two days in a row.  Bennett knew this because I communicated to him and since he was dealing with his own crap, he couldn’t help me with mine.  That hurt. 

We agreed to meet when I returned to say goodbye properly.  I do love him and I didn’t like just ending a near 6 months by text.  

When we spoke before I slept on my last evening, it was part contentious and part melancholy.  His mind was made up and I was going to accept it. 

When he started to speak about what a “break” meant to him I was very clear that all communication between us would end.  There would be no instagram, no text and no calls. We would not be “friends” and I would not share with him any information about what was going on in my personal life.  Each time I made a statement he was more and more disheartened.  I don’t think he actually understood what he proposed.  But I have learned from prior experience and all of you, it needed to end cleanly. No hanging on.  

He was shaken when we ended our conversation and I went to bed with a long haul of travel ahead of me the next day.  

I woke in the middle of the night to this:

And the long text that followed:

“It’s close to 2:50 your time and I’m sure you’re snuggled like a bug in your bed. I’m just sitting reflecting on the last week and how I’ve been a rotten, insensitive, immature, selfish asshole. 
I’m actually trying to figure out why I behaved like I did. I clearly love you more than anything and you’re the only person who really makes me feel whole. Why did I do what I did?
Is it fear? Fear of losing you if I can’t provide what you need or general fear of a change in life. It’s probably a combo of both. I have a great fear of the unknown. Always have. What if things don’t work out? What if I fail? What if she no longer has feelings for me? These all go thru my brain and I don’t express them so it builds up like a pressure cooker. 
I do believe this Xmas season has been especially difficult because it’s the first time in my life I won’t be with my brother. I didn’t really give it much thought until it hit me last week while stringing lights and putting up the tree. It is tough for me. 
Regarding my career. I was in a bad way at the offsite because I developed a paranoia that I haven’t achieved the success that I had expected. Don’t ask me why. It just hit me and stayed and as a result I just felt awful, low and borderline failure. 
Regarding us. I love us. I loved being around us. I’m so much different around us. Has it been stressful trying to make arrangements? Yes but I would do it in a heartbeat because I love you and I love us. I was a real douche for not writing you last week because frankly I was miserable and just couldn’t get motivated. The distance didn’t help but that’s not an excuse. 
I obviously mentioned needing a break as a defense mechanism. Defense from fear, uncertainty and insecurity at a time when there are moments when I just don’t like myself. Any guy would be crazy to leave you. You are so loving and warm and thoughtful and smart and beautiful. There is no better feeling in the world than holding you in my arms. Nothing. 
I’m ashamed of my behavior and I’m embarrassed on how i communicated this to you over the last day. It was thoughtless, cold and unfair and I have no idea why I would do it to someone I love so much. 
Here’s what I know. I love you more than anything. I love kissing you, holding you, making love to you, sitting with you, staring at you, singing to you, listening to you, smelling you, comforting you and making sure you feel warm and protected. 
You will always be my beautiful girl and I will never, ever stop loving you no matter what ever happens between us. There’s not a minute that goes by where I don’t think of you or imagine what you’re doing. I will always be concerned about your well being no matter where you are or whether we are together or apart. And I will always be there for whenever you need me. 
So, I had no intention of rambling this long. I’m hoping when you awake you will realize how truly you are loved. You are special…one in a million and will always, always have my heart ❤️ 
I have butterflies swirling when I think of seeing you tomorrow(today). Travel safe and remember that your boy loves you very much. ⚡️❤️⚡️”
So that’s what I’m heading home to today. 

What it means for me, I have no idea. 

I don’t see any commitments in the letter above (which I’m glad of) and simply a statement of love and apology (which I truly appreciate).  

We shall see. 

If we can make it through this month, I will accept that as it was my original choice.  If not, I will accept the end as well.  Either way, I feel Bennett is doing the best he can.  

Author: Madeline Harper

My journey through divorce and an emotional and sexual reawakening. Love, laughter, friendships, family and heartbreak included. And there is sex, lots of it, so close your eyes and turn the page if that's not for you! While I started this blog as an endeavor to journal my thoughts and feelings in an attempt to better understand myself, it has become an amazing platform from which I have met some of the most interesting and wonderful people in my life. My path is often crooked, but I hope you will share in the journey with me.

20 thoughts on “Long Distance Letter”

  1. Sigh. He has gotten himself in quite a conundrum, but he is the only one who can sort it out. Even if he does make those big, scary changes, he will need time to adapt, absorb the impact of those moves — all the things we have done. But he is right – you are 1 in a million and deserve someone who is totally yours. (((Hugs))) it ain’t gonna be easy.

    On a happier note, many congrats on kicking ass at work! It’s very difficult being “on” for 12 days, traveling with your boss. That is a huge accomplishment.

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  2. I meant what I said last night – he is “Tony-ing” you at this point. There is a MASSIVE difference between intention and action. We just ourselves on our intentions and others judge us on our actions. He hasn’t proven a capability to act yet so don’t let yourself be fooled.

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    1. Yes, this. It is heartbreaking that these guys really do believe themselves when they hear themselves speak. There is no malevolence on their part. But in the end of the day, the elephant is still in the room: they cannot leave their families. Their good intentions make the process all the more muddy and confusing, and draws it out. In the end of the day, you can only advocate for yourself. If you have reached clarity in what your terms are, then you have nothing to be ashamed about as for as the time it took you to get there. Absolutely nothing at all. It doesn’t make it any easier, though. ❤

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      1. He may change one day, but it won’t be fast enough for me. Who knows what the future brings.

        He is a good man and I do love him and I appreciate the time he took to write the words.


      1. I don’t know til we talk tonight. But if we can make the month work, I won’t end it now. So the answer to your question is yes.

        I am not blind that I am postponing the inevitable but I think I outlined in the post why I’m not interested in having it fall apart right now.


    1. Yes it will hurt but it doesn’t have to weigh on me over the holidays. Last year sucked being broken up and I’m not keen to repeat it.

      But I don’t have it in me to keep hanging around either.

      I will see him tonight and we will talk about it.

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  3. Well if he truly wants to be with you, he will make the necessary changes to do so. Breaking away for now won’t be easy, but he’ll be back if he values what you two have between you enough. I wonder if he feels like he doesn’t deserve you somehow?

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      1. I think a big part of my patience comes from the fact that we both have young children. Breaking up either home isn’t ideal right now. As much as I want to be with him, the repercussions would just be too much at this time. It would cause more problems in a relationship that would be against the odds to start with.

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