Non-Fiction Mostly (just a few minor changes)
The letter and a Brand New Car
By Tessa Dean January 2021
I had been laid off from my job. Unemployment had paid for me to take some minor business courses that would allow me to start a business rather than look for work. My husband and I had decided to open a store. We joined a wholesale website and received catalogs of items we could order at wholesale prices. We decided eventually we would open a store, but we were going to start by selling at a flea market and I would work on putting a catalog up on a website. He decided since he was still working this would be mainly my business with his help when needed.
One night I was working hard at adding pictures to the website and had a question for him about the new car he had bought me that morning. I padded downstairs, barefoot as always, and entered the family room where he had his computer. He didn’t hear me. I stared, speechless. He was holding a large letter, a sheet of white paper with a large heart and across it was written “I love you and miss you so much, M.”
I didn’t utter a sound and just then across his computer screen came the same words and heart and she signed her name. “When can we get together again,” she wrote.
Just then he realized I was there and had seen everything. I didn’t say a word and headed for the upstairs bedroom where my office was. I sat down and just started to work. I didn’t know what to do. This explained the new car which I never got to choose before. I would drive it, but never choose it. He even encouraged me to get the more expensive model I wanted.
About 15 minutes later he came upstairs and sat on the bed and said, ” I just wanted to take my shoes off.” The man never brought his shoes upstairs. She had probably told him that he should check to make sure I wasn’t have a mental breakdown or committing suicide or whatever. I ignored him and continued to work. He sat there and finally went downstairs again.
Days went by and I didn’t say a word. However the day he came home from his nighttime job and found the whole house lit up, he knew the shit was about to hit the fan.
I asked him what he planned on doing. Were we getting a divorce or what? He assured me that no, he didn’t want a divorce and to break up our family. We had 3 children and the youngest was only 12 years old. I knew he was full of it, but figured I would wait and see.
A couple of days later he came home and he said he was sorry, but her husband had just found out and he wanted to be with her.
He said I could divorce him for adultery, but I said no, I wanted nothing to do with it. If you want a divorce than you would have to do the filing. We went to a divorce center because we didn’t have money for lawyers and filled out forms and they typed the legal documents up. We paid the court fee and it was over.
I told him that I couldn’t afford that fancy car and it was all his. The dealer had screwed up and put it in his name and not mine. Idiot! I also asked him why he did something so stupid. Someone had to pay for that car and it wasn’t going to be me. I took the old, paid off station wagon and my oldest daughter and I got an apartment to share.
I was relieved as I wanted a divorce, but couldn’t bring myself to be the bad guy. I wasn’t and she’s a liar and a bitch and he has spent the last 21 years with her and she bosses him around like he always bossed me around. I thanked her for taking him off of my hands and wished them good riddance.
I did tell the kids not to blame it all on him and her. We were both responsible for the break up.
The second letter came from me and I poured out all of my aggravation and pain as to what he had actually done. Not a good idea and the kids didn’t need all the details, but I felt better.
Now he doesn’t get away with telling me what to do. He still tries, but that ship sailed. The 12 year old is 33 years old now, but took his sister’s having a baby while in high school to heart and was very careful. He is still childless.
My oldest grandson could make me a great grandma at anytime, but hasn’t. He just got discharged out of the Marine Corp.
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Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses
New Author’s Website –http://www.tessadeanauthor.com
Author – Old Writing – http://www.finallyawriter.com
About my life – http://www.tessacandoit.com
Author of a book, a work in progress on the blog, https://tessacandoit.com/government-property-a-memoir-as-a-military-wife/
Highlighted chapters are done and ready to be read.
I am also a youtuber in the authortube section on writing. See my videos here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSpNS-6gfJ0s8eD1berLwQg