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You Met With Your Partner’s Ex?

My partner and I have known each other for a while now. We decided that the kids are ready for the next step, to have me spend intentional time with them. Having done my research, I was aware that their mother needed to meet me at some point. So, through him I let her know I was available when she felt ready to meet or talk. Please understand that until now, I have only heard one side of the story, namely his. From his standpoint, she had been angry and disrespectful over the years. Then there was the stigma of meeting an ex from my standpoint and the knowledge that any ex in this situation would be angry. I prepared myself for a bona fide interview, probably worse than what his two best friends put me through. Most people were mad at him for the divorce and at me for showing up in his life. What happened to grace?
Finally, I received a text from her one morning. She wanted to meet the same day. I walked in to the restaurant; she stood up and greeted me with a hug. She was strong, honest, and open. She showed her hurt without anger. Her behavior, the ability to hold on to herself was breathtaking. I have to say she restored my faith in Christianity and humanity. I learned to imagine every individual as a blank canvas and let her show me her own truth. No preconceived notions.

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Posted on September 28th, 2013 by butterfly

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