The Teacher

As my adventures in dating continued I found myself trying out different dating sites.  I seemed to meet one bizarre person after another.   Some of them I could weed out right away.   For example, the chef who spent an entire conversation talking about the three times he was arrested (One of those times included a … Continue reading The Teacher

My First Date After Divorce

When I first started talking to people on the online dating apps I was very clear about my intentions.  I had just gotten out of a very unhealthy marriage and I was looking to meet people to spend time with, but I was not looking for anything serious.  My children would always come first and … Continue reading My First Date After Divorce

The Second Time I Called the Police

I was convinced that once I was able to gain some space from John I would finally start to feel safe. In my fantasies of what it would be like without him lurking behind every corner I turned, I was finally able to breathe freely and deeply again without the constant fear I had felt … Continue reading The Second Time I Called the Police

Mandated Reporters

Because I am a teacher, I know the ins and outs of what happens at a school.  I also know the legal requirements and the rationale behind them.  One of those requirements is that anyone who works with children is considered a "mandated reporter" by DCF.  This means that if they suspect any type of … Continue reading Mandated Reporters

The First Time I Called the Police

Yesterday, I heard an employee of a domestic violence agency speaking on the radio.  She was telling the story of my marriage.... summing John up perfectly.  It was as if she had lived my life.... or watched it unfold somehow.  One thing that she said that really resonated with me is that many people think … Continue reading The First Time I Called the Police

Telephone War

Having a child with autism who can become aggressive can be utterly exhausting.  James was always really well behaved for me.  He rarely showed any negative behaviors when we were together (with the exception of when John was present and instigating).  When James was not with me, however, he frequently became aggressive and even violent.  … Continue reading Telephone War