The Other Woman… is No Woman at All

By Kathryn Taylor

I just found out that my husband is seeing another woman…
I don’t know what her name is…
I’m not even sure what color her hair is…
But, I do know that my beloved is infatuated with her...
because of her undemanding perfection-  
I’m sure that’s how she lures most men away from the women who want their man all to themselves...  

I bet that she carries no signs or blemishes of ever-day life… no stretch-marks from babies... no baggy eyes from sleepless nights... no headaches from stress... nor tears from heartache. There's no weariness from work and other responsibilities. She has no needs or demands but for him to spend time with her. I bet she never complains when he doesn’t give her enough attention. She doesn't argue with him and is always available whenever he can sneak away to see her. I believe she is always on his mind and I can tell whenever he’s been with her… His eyes give him away… He doesn’t seem like he’s even in the room... or when looking at me, his eyes say, “Why can’t you be more like her?”

If she were any other woman, I might be able to compete…
or reason with her…
or run her off...
  But, she is very sure of herself and seems to know my physical and emotional flaws… and she knows how to use them against me. Sometimes, it just seems hopeless… I know I will never be able to make him happy as long as she is a part of his life… for as long as he goes to her when she whispers to him from the magazine pages or computer screens where she resides, he will belong to her... and I will never be good enough.

I wonder… if I wasn’t here anymore, would she come and do his laundry… clean his house… take care of his kids… nurse him back to health when he gets sick… encourage him in his work… fix his meals? Would his friends like her? Would his mother?  

I wonder how much longer I can allow this to go on… I wonder how much longer I'll be willing to live like this… I wonder how much longer before it all becomes real… I wonder…

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