Thursday, June 20, 2013
Follow Your Heart?
Spenser Osbourne blogs for
The Domestic Diva Mysteries
by Krista Davis
It's so easy to say "follow your heart." Funny that it has become a popular saying. I hear it all the time. Nothing is ever quite that simple, though, is it? If we all ran around following our hearts, we'd be running roughshod over everyone else.
A good number of years ago, my marriage began to melt away. We both knew it. We had drifted apart. My wife asked for a divorce, and I was agreeable. Of course, she didn't know that I had fallen crazy in love with someone else. I was a gentleman, though. I never let my feelings be known to my wife or my new love.
And then one night while I was on a business trip in Miami, someone broke into our house. My wife was home at the time. She hid under the bed so the intruder wouldn't see her. He took some pricy items, but the biggest thing he stole was my wife's sense of security. She was never the same again.
When I came home, she clung to me. After years of co-existing, she suddenly relied on me to feel safe. I became her security blanket. It wasn't as though she loved me again. It was more like she needed me.
Of course, that put a quick end to the divorce. And here I am, in a loveless marriage, watching the woman I treasure and admire go about her daily business.
I decided that my bed was made, and that I must do the right thing -- stand by my wife. It grieves me that she has become intolerably jealous when I have been loyal to her all along. I have done everything that I can for her, but lately, the rants and fits and screaming are wearing on me. I know she had the fright of her life the night the intruder came. I'm not a callous or heartless person. I'm still standing by her because it's the right thing to do, but sometimes, I wish I could follow my heart elsewhere.
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