The Mistress

It’s been going on since before we were married.  It started out of peer pressure, because everyone he knew was doing it.  At first, I think it felt almost like work for him, but then it developed into real passion.

She became an official mistress about 20 years ago, when we were living in another state.  No one knew us, and there was anonymity in our small Texas town.  If he took off for a couple of hours, no one would notice, and I certainly wouldn’t ask around in public to find out where he’d been.

A couple of times over the years, I think he’s wanted to stop.  But the desire always came back.  So much so that I finally acknowledged it was part of him, and accepted it.

I got resentful when she took time away from me, but he always seemed to return a better man.  It was as though she fulfilled a physical need and a spiritual one, both things he just couldn’t find with me.

Their times ranged from quickies in the afternoon to marathons lasting almost a full day.  But even the briefest encounter could help him clear his mind and regain perspective.  Seemed like a paradox to me, but I really didn’t have a choice.  I even tried to join them a few times, but it just wasn’t right, and I retreated to give them their time.

They go all over together.  Exploring unique parts of the city, and occasionally even traveling.  I’ve learned not to try to talk him out of it once he’s got his mind set on it.

This morning when he said he was going out to spend time with her, I sighed.  I had other plans for the day.  But they’d have to wait.  He needed her.

So I gave him my blessing, and he put on his shoes, and went running.

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66 responses to “The Mistress

  1. OK, you got me on this one. Had. No. Idea. Excellent!!

  2. Excellent! I was thinking golf. Well done!

  3. A much better mistress than a flesh and blood one or a liquid one.

  4. Very cool post. Love the way it flows and twists at the end.

  5. Wow, that was cool! I loved reading this. Great writing. I wish I had a mistress like that. Mine tends to be more of the “make you fatter” kind, like chocolate, Crunch & Munch, Bugles, etc. :-)

  6. I guess we all need our outlets, don’t we? Love the way you wrote this.

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  8. Great ending! Yeah, sports…we kind have to be grateful for the outlet it provides our husbands.

  9. I’m still jealous of my Hubby’s mistress: soccer. I must learn to grow-up and let him go … except now he’s introduced him to my son. Some days I feel as if I’ll lose them both to the siren….

  10. I was so intrigued with this post trying to figure out what or whom his mistress was. I guess it’s easy to give him over knowing it’s for the best.

  11. chosenchaosblog

    I have such a love hate relationship with my mistress. I do love it when my husband and I can do a 3-some with her though. Kind of makes it worth it. Kind of.

  12. I think we all need to find our mistress, to help us clear our minds sometimes. Love this post!

  13. Kimberly Pugliano


  14. My mistress was the golfcourse for many years but my wife just wouldn’t accept her ;-(

  15. Oh, the life of a wife of a runner – I know it well! Sometimes my husband would slip out of our warm bed on a Saturday morning before the sun even came up to go be with his Mistress. For me, those were the hardest encounters to accept.

    I endured four years and seven marathons before back surgery caused him to give her up. I know he still misses her; he somehow seems incomplete without her. And I don’t know what to do about that.

    Excellent post!

  16. Cute! Ha! I was like, Wow, she’s a better woman than I! lol

  17. My mistress is whatever book I’m reading.

  18. I love this post..I am so happy you linked it this week as it’s so well written and a glimpse into your family.

  19. Brian

    My mistress is a bass boat

    • I’m willing to bet someone feels the same way about her. Unless you have kids and you take them fishing. Then it would be a good thing. :-)

      I’m so glad you stopped by! Come back soon. :-)

  20. Very cute! Loved reading it!

  21. ah! great piece. my husband’s mistress is playstation. You win.

  22. My husband has the same mistress. Thankfully they have their together time at 4:30 AM. :)

  23. I love this post – since I just started running and The Dude doesn’t, I can understand from both sides. I hate that I’m sick and can’t go now – I can’t wait to get back out there. It can truly be a mind-clearing thing. I “brain dump” while I’m out there. Great post!!!

  24. My husband had a salty mistress. Tempestuous and Treacherous…but love her he did…so how could I deny the one I loved the most, the one thing he truly desired?!

    • If you’re speaking of an actual mistress, I’m very sorry. If it’s a beautiful line of prose, I’m impressed.

      I’ll hop over to your site. :-)

  25. Nice post. You drew me in right away, and kept me reading! It’s definitely good to give your husband space. Mine golfs, so I know how you feel! It makes him happy:)

    • I’m quite flattered! It took me many years to embrace her, but I finally have, and our marriage has been the beneficiary!

      Thanks for stopping by!

  26. Nathan and I enjoy a Threesome with our Mistress. <3 The Ragnar Relay!

  27. You are lucky it is not the literal kind. Thank goodness running can give him such joy. I tried it for awhile and then stopped. I might pick it up again….Happy New Year!


  28. Ah, now I know what my husband and kids feel like!

  29. Many years ago, I had the same mistress. My knees made me give her up. ARGH!

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