Those of you who know me personally know that my ex husband cheated on me, and perhaps, even though I have never written about it directly before, you might have been able to read between the lines. Being cheated on is one of those things that you have no idea how it truly feels until it happens to you. The blow to your self-esteem, the horrible pain and anguish, the anger and sense of betrayal. Since it happened to me I have talked to many women (and a few men) about it, who were also cheated on and it’s always felt great to be able to commiserate with each other and know we weren’t alone in feeling the way we did. It helped to be able to talk about it and I have had great conversations about the healing process. I have also had great conversations about the subject of revenge and boy have I heard some great stories!
In my case, my revenge was not allowing him back into my life, even though he desperately wanted to be with me. It was also very satisfying to make sure his new girlfriend knew that he kept trying to get back with me, even though he was now with her. I felt it was important for her to know that the only reason he was now in an actual relationship with her (instead of just using her for sex a few minutes every week like he did the last months of our marriage) was because he couldn’t be with me. You can imagine the impact that knowledge she now had did to their relationship. I didn’t even find out about the affair until a month after we split up, when he decided to confess it to me in an ill-thought-out attempt to get me back. It wasn’t the reason I ended the marriage but it sure made it easy to keep the door slammed shut. It was surprising how painful finding out about the affair was, since I had already ended the relationship. It threw me into a tailspin for a few months but I was able to work through all the various emotions with the help of counseling and move on. The Carrie Underwood song about “the next time he cheats”, well that has special meaning to me now and I am sure many many women can relate. BTW, I am not personally advocating any of the stories I am sharing and these are not things I personally did. Copy at your own risk.
Here are my five favorite stories of revenge.
1. BRUSH YOUR RAGE AWAY. At least three people have told me about this one….they found out about their cheating partner and took revenge by using the partner’s toothbrush to clean the toilet. Preferably a very dirty toilet. One woman told me she took great satisfaction in cleaning up around the rim where the worst grime was. Nasty? Yes. Great revenge? Absolutely!
2. CHEATERS R US. You know that appalling reality TV show called Cheaters..where they follow people around, try to catch them cheating, and then stage a confrontation between the cheater and the cheatee? They also have a website where you can enter your cheater’s info into their data base for the world to see. One woman told me about doing this and how much she liked knowing that many people would read about his despicable behavior. And yes, real names and photos are used. She said the last time she checked, over 100,000 people had read his profile. Now THAT’S getting the word out.
3. SLEEPING WITH THE ENEMY’S BEST FRIEND. Revenge and fun at the same time? A woman told me about how she seduced a buddy of her husband, right after they had split up. This particular friend had had a falling out with her ex, primarily because he had been pretty vocal about how badly the ex treated her. Having a fling with this particular buddy was a great boost to her self-esteem, a lot of fun, and drove her ex absolutely bonkers when he found out.
4. MARKING YOUR TERRITORY. You will have to read between the lines on this one because I was sworn to secrecy on the specifics. So picture a piece of furniture left behind by the ex for a couple of months until he could move it into his new girlfriends house. You can use your imagination for the rest of the story.
5. SNIP SNIP SNIP WENT THE SCISSORS. This is my favorite story of all, and a huge hit everywhere I have shared it..people love it! One of my customers told me that her husband was a complete slob dresser, even though he was a highly paid professional. Worn out docker pants with holes and torn hems, and ratty t-shirts that were faded and ripped. It drove her nuts that he didn’t care more about his appearance. However, he had this very weird quirk. He LOVED cashmere sweaters and would buy three or four new ones each year, dropping at least three hundred bucks on each one. Presumably he wore them with his dockers? So he had about a dozen of these beautiful sweaters. She caught him in a one-night stand and he confessed to having had about a dozen of them over the years of their marriage. A dozen sweaters…a dozen affairs….hmmmm. The day before she moved out, she went into his walk-in closet with her little embroidery scissors and cut moth holes into every single one of those cashmere sweaters. At least five or six in each sweater…about the size of a pencil eraser. Gaping holes, impossible to repair. And the icing on the cake? She put a dead moth on one of the necklines. Just to seal the deal.