Monday, September 06, 2010

Pressing for the truth

I don't even remember what I told Meg. I gave her a jumbled mess of information that, I'm sure, made very little sense. Something about that way I told her, I think, must have made her believe me.

"I don't think that he even went to work today," I gasped at the end of my nonsensical explanation of the suspected infidelity.

Meg left the bathroom, calmly, and went into her bedroom. "Hey! Dad! Come here!"

"Were you at work today?"

"Yes, why?"

I listened from the bathroom as she repeated some of my suspicions.

"Nothing's going on," he insisted. He crutched away.

It happened again. I spilled more information. She called him in the room again. He denied it again. This time, angry, I rushed out of the bathroom.

"I don't know what the fuck you're doing and I don't want to know, but you better shut it down, Dad. Shut it down now."

All at once, he denied any wrongdoing and agreed to my demands.

"He's lying," I said to Meg after he had retreated once again. I had gone into her room, in my towel, and closed the door. My back was turned to her. I stood facing the door, looking into the mirror that hangs on the back of it, and brushed my hair.

It was then when I told her exactly what those text messages read.

She bolted out of the house.

And, when she returned, it was clear that she had been crying. When my father found the nerve to ask why, she spit it at him. "Because I just found out that the only man in my life who has never lied to me just did."

6 comments:

Kelly said...

:( That's such a horrible situation. Hope you're holding up.

Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry. This is awful. But I am proud of you for facing it!

Anonymous said...

Oh Aly, this is awful!! But I still you think are doing the right thing!

Lauren said...

Very proud of you for facing this and your Dad head-on. I'm sorry that you have to deal with this awful situation. I hope you're holding up alright.

Bill Robertson said...

my personal experience (from both sides) is that liars get angry when confronted. when you know you're not guilty there is not the same need to defend yourself. your dad is hoping that he is going to be able to keep doing what he's doing. if you confront him with what was on his phone, he will say that you misinterpreted what you saw. he may even make up some fantastic story to try to explain away what you saw. if you say you don't believe it he will get angry again and may even storm out of the house (i've done that). his goal will be to avoid consequences, not to end the acting out. i will continue to keep you all in my prayers and i will put you on the prayer chain at our church. hang in there and God bless you.

Kari said...

Wow -- this is tough-- am proud of you for being able to write about it!
Lots of hugs,
Kari

 
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