The Truth About Our Children
Needless to say, Amazing Johnny and Paula ignored their spouses’ requests once again. Later Paula emailed Johnny a picture of her wearing just a black bra saying she wanted him to see her new tattoo which was on her side. Livid when I found the picture on his phone, I demanded that he actually and immediately stop communicating with her in any way if he wished to stay in this marriage. He just stared blankly at me, as if he was waiting for me to finish my little outburst and then go play his Xbox. When I was done, I stood there as he grudgingly wrote an email to Paula where he told her:
Things here not going particularly well. Please don’t email me.
Need to sort things out.
Turns out this didn’t deter either of them one bit either. At this point, I realized he probably had been talking to her on his computer for months since that was the one thing I didn’t really have access to. After he left the house one day, I found all the chat logs on his computer and printed them out.
See Amazing Johnny knew that my previous job included finding things hidden on computers, but apparently he forgot. Or more likely, he didn’t care. It was clear they had been having an emotional affair and had actually seen each other in DC when Amazing Johnny was there for work and Paula’s husband was on travel.
I will never forget the pain of my heart breaking after reading this particular conversation of theirs:
Paula: what would you do if Juliet got pregnant?
Johnny: I dunno. Tell her we’d get an abortion.
Johnny: I see my life flash before my eyes.
Paula: what would you do if Juliet wasn’t willing to get an abortion?
Paula: <my husband> told me once he’s not sure he’d stay with me if I got pregnant and wouldn’t have an abortion.
Johnny: I dunno what I’d do. Man up and live a mediocre life I guess.
It is at this point that I should have kicked his cheating ass out and changed the locks.
When I did not, he let go of what little bit remained of his respect for me.