Henry moved first to begin his job and I soon followed. I was not yet 24 hours in lovely, hot Tennessee when at the pool, enjoying a relaxing day, Henry tells me that he thinks he made a mistake and is going to start looking for a new job elsewhere…preferably something a bit closer to home.
What the fuck? Did he really say what I thought he did? Did I NOT just move a couple hundreds of miles from everything and everyone that I knew; from a great paying job, from EVERYTHING?! I’ve barely had one sleep in Tennessee and this bomb gets dropped on me.
I was not happy. In my mind, I gave up everything for him to move here. In my mind, I was the one who sacrificed more.
Yes, this is all true but as time ticked along I came to learn that his employer did pull a fast one on him. Henry despised his job and from that point on, he was on what felt like the never-ending job search. A part of me felt bad for him. The other part of me told him to suck it up. This is what he initially wanted and he had to make the best of it. At times I felt guilty for being so hard on Henry about the move and his job. I wasn’t being the supportive wife. I was starting to be the resentful wife.
We shared several months together exploring what the new area had to offer and we did have good times too. We laughed, we went out to eat – stuff like that. Most of our time was spent eating dinner, on table trays in front of the television. There was not too much conversation going on and I’m not sure why. I knew I was becoming increasingly unhappy and I was trying my best to not let it shine through. But some things you just can’t hide.
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I continued to work for my employer from home until the end of summer at which time I applied for and got unemployment compensation while looking for a permanent job in Tennessee. Summer faded into autumn and I had the opportunity to go to Los Angeles, all expenses paid, to work for one week at a trade show. My best friend, Tara presented me with this, I talked it over with Henry and off to L.A. I went.
Little did I know this trip would change my life forever.