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Getting There But Not Quite There Yet

I left my x three years ago now and recovery has been a rather slow process.
During the first three months I was terrified of my own shadow.
Never knowing if and when I would see him or run into him.
And he tried as much as possible to frequent the places he thought I would be.
It was a common occurence to look out the window at work to see him driving by for the third or fourth time that day.

A man who rarely if ever attended mass started going every Sunday.
Little did he know I was living across the street in a halfway house for the Womens Shelter.
I would watch him pull into the church parking lot from my front window and drive slowly by after, barely breathing until he was out of the area.
The girls told me many times of seeing him drive by the school or while they were walking.
Each time they were able to get out of sight before he spotted them. 

Since I left he has never had my phone number or my address.
In the first year my youngest wanted to see her father.
Those visits were supervised by a member of my family.
I would drop her off a half hour early and pick her up twenty minutes after he left. 
Both girls had cell phones to contact me if they needed too. 

I did not go out in public to the stores alone and if I did it was with my eyes wide open and caution.
That lasted about a year before I was able to relax and go out without feeling like I was taking a risk when I went out. 
He lived with what used to be my best friend the first year and moved into the same apartment building as my sister the second year where he still lives.
When and if I see my sister or niece I arrange to pick them up away from their home and drop them off at that same spot.
If I have someone with me, I will drop them off right at their home.  But I will NEVER pick them up there.
I do not want to be stuck waiting for them to come out and get in the car like a sitting duck.
Dropping off they get out and I take off.

Overtime its gotten better and its been a slow process.
But the fear is still there.
When I think in a logical way....it took him thirteen years to condition that fear in me. 
So I suppose it makes sense that it will take me awhile until that conditioning loses its hold on me.
I have not spoken to him since I left three years ago and will not until I know that hold on me no longer exists.
I realize at this point that most people think I am being ridiculous in the caution that I take.
But as stated above when you've been conditioned to be and react a certain way.
It takes a long time for that hold to lose its grip.

One day I hope to be able to see him in public and not feel a sense of panic.
One day I hope that the residual affects will no longer exist.
But for now I am still afraid of him.
I haven't quite gotten over that yet but I am getting there. 


snowberry75 snowberry75 36-40, F 2 Responses May 9, 2012

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I would never say or even think that you are being ridiculous.<br />
I've seen too many true life movies, or heard stories on the news where people were not cautious enough.<br />
Your ex is stalking you. <br />
Maybe not full on stalking that you could have him arrested for but stalking nonetheless.<br />
I have never been able to understand what it is in some people that prevents them from letting go annd getting on with their own lives.<br />
People who behave in this way are mentally unbalanced, and mentally unbalanced people are unpredictable.<br />
You are very wise to take all the precautions that you do.<br />
I hope the time will come, sooner rather than later , when you can live your life without this fear.<br />
Until then, take care, better over cautious than the possible alternate consequences.<br />
Good luck.

I absolutely agree, unbalanced dangerous because you never know when they will turn. My biological father is very much the same and I learned well from that example that there is never a change or resolution or chance that they will ever let go. My mother divorced and left my father and has since been married twice, 25 years since she left and he still has not let go. The last time I spoke to him I was 16. I remember asking him why he never moved on in his life, why after all these years he still has let go. He broke down and sobbed making one excuse after another. I never spoke to him again. Unfortunately, I am pretty sure my x is very much the same......he will never move on or let go.

I think you're smart with showing all that caution.... There will always be folks who will say, don't be silly but ONLY you know how silly this whole this WAS NOT! Stay safe....Nothing wrong with that. I love that you are reformulating your life now but dangerous things and people need to be kept at a distance and you're doing a fine job of that!! <br />
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I have a psycho sis that has me conditioned too......Folks sometimes think I'm a little overboard... but in the end....I'm still alive and that's ALL that really matters to me!