Dear Abby: I was married to a man who ruled my every move. After years of torture and abuse, I finally became frightened enough to leave. Since then I have met a wonderful, caring, loving man who I wouldn’t trade for the world. He treats me with kindness, respect and love. He makes me laugh and smile and appreciate life. I am allowed to be myself and function how I will. I am happier than I have ever been.
My question is, sometimes I miss my emotionally and physically abusive ex. I have no desire to BE with him, but after all those years, it’s hard to adjust some days. Is something wrong with me? I would never leave my current relationship for my ex. I feel like I have found my soul mate. But these lingering thoughts trouble me. Am I normal? What do I do?
– Found My Soul Mate
Dear Found: Yes, you are normal. Time has a way of dulling emotional pain, and with time we tend to gloss over unpleasantness. Your ex may not have been brutal and controlling all the time, and you are remembering the happier times. I don’t think that what you are missing has much to do with HIM. What you may be missing is the adrenaline rush you got from the drama.
Stopping unwanted advances
Dear Abby: I had an inappropriate relationship with a senior officer at the firm where I work. It ended a year ago. I was married at the time – I am now divorced – and he is married. Occasionally during the past year, he has made advances, but I rejected them.
However, today his advances were persistent and almost demanding. For the first time, I felt a little threatened. I don’t want to cause trouble for him, his job and certainly not his family. What do I do? I’d like to think he has gotten the message, but what if it continues? I like the guy; I’m just not interested anymore.
– Don’t Want Trouble
Dear Don’t Want Trouble: It appears “Romeo” hasn’t quite gotten the message, so it’s time to make EXPLICIT your wishes in this matter. If he continues to persist, then you will have to report it to human resources.
Dear Readers: Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, and no Thanksgiving would be complete without the traditional prayer penned by my dear mother:
Oh, Heavenly Father, We thank Thee for food and remember the hungry. We thank Thee for health and remember the sick. We thank Thee for friends and remember the friendless. We thank Thee for freedom and remember the enslaved. May these remembrances stir us to service, That Thy gifts to us may be used for others. Amen. Have a safe and happy celebration, everyone!
– Love, Abby