Tuesday, July 29, 2014
The End of Jaymie, Part 1
I could admit how much wine I drank while seeking a means for my survival when having to be in the same zip code, let alone the same damn stuffy courtroom with Jaymie, from the angels of the Healing Heart.
I could wax quite eloquent (that might be a bit of a reach!) about my excessively dutiful husband and how he was struggling to come to grips with the SNAFU that was our Plan A.
I could type a page full of words, forming sentences, some interesting to read, others just placed there to elaborate so I can hear myself talk. Stretching out the inevitable. Trying to entertain with my tale of trauma.
Hell...you must know I can squander cyberspace if you've followed me for long!
But, I owe you all better than that. I deserve better than that. Let's just cut to chase. We're within two last posts of the End of Jaymie in my life. Can I get an AMEN?!
Sleep came at a premium that night, but there was no way I was gonna resort to medication to knock me out. I wanted to be at my most alert when I walked into court the next morning. Armed with astute advice from my time spent on the Healing Heart, my attitude was not what I had anticipated. I can't say I was anxious to get on with it, but I sure was not over whelmed with trepidation.
In the morning as I rose and enjoyed my tea, the day seemed non-threatening. I continued to be very pleasantly surprised by my demeanor. I showered and dressed, carefully selecting the perfect articles of clothing from my embarrassingly over stuffed closet.
You know I made sure I looked GOOD. Black slacks tucked into tall black, very well polished riding boots. Black and white silk blouse with a long knit black vest. Just the right amount of jewelry and make up to be a veritable style icon, while showing the proper respect to the venue. Pulled my hair back in a Sarah Palin-esque twist. With my black glasses, I could have passed for her younger, taller sister. I was going for a stellar combo of hot and business smart and I think I nailed it.
As my dear friend and business partner, Nikki, says...I was smellin' the fart! LOL!
Crude, but hilarious. Cracks me up every time as I am a huge fan of potty humor! In case you don't get it, it means I felt like a world class bad ass. No one was gonna bring me down.
BTW...Nikki met me at court. She would never let me face the bitch whore alone.
Richard and I had to take two cars because he had to go to work after our morning meeting with the judge. I don't think he had any clue what to expect. I didn't either, but I just knew I'd be fine regardless.
I don't want to belabor the point of how pivotal the guidance from my online friends was for me, but I certainly can't neglect it either. They gave me courage when I needed it most. The instruction given to me online the previous night was this:
Hold my head up. Be Strong. I did nothing wrong!
Simple and absolutely exactly what I needed to hear.
Many of you and most of Jaymie's clan would disagree with the 'I did nothing wrong' part of the inspirational mantra. Some might say I did a whole lotta shit wrong. Maybe so, but in the end, I had tried to do the right thing. I signed the Non-Clets agreement. I didn't cling to the dream of public humiliation for Jaymie. I "Moved On".
If you ever find yourself being summoned into court, I hope you can feel the same.
Unimpeachable and Righteous. I sure wasn't innocent, but I felt guiltless.
I'm not gonna try to convince you I wasn't apprehensive about how this morning would go down. As usual, I'm trying to convey precisely what I remember about the experience. There were a couple of stray butterflies in my gut as I drove south to court, but not enough to cause intestinal distress.
Looking back, it is curious how relatively calm I felt. Of course, that was on the drive. I hadn't seen Jaymie's skeletal face yet.
'D' didn't want Richard to come to court. Can you believe that shit?? I insisted on a united front. Of course, Richard wanted whatever made me happy. The plan was to meet 'D' and Nikki in the court cafe. Richard said they had the best little breakfast bargain ever. 2 eggs, 2 pieces of bacon, toast and coffee for $3.99. With the aforementioned butterflies taking up residence in my tummy, I would have to pass on the awesome deal.
We found a comfy booth and while Richard squirmed nervously, 'D' began to prep us for what he deemed was routine in these circumstances, the judge just asks each of us to state for the record that we agree with the order and then he signs it.
'D' told us where we should sit in court depended on where Jaymie and her crew planted their butts. Her support system would probably be Geek Boy and Daddy James. We should sit in front of them so as not to cause undo dismay by staring at the backs of their pin heads. 'D' thought she may have a bigger entourage, but I was confident she didn't want an audience to witness the details of her shameful lack of social graces and possible residual comeuppance.
The clock showed less than 20 minutes to launch. There had to be a pee stop and fresh lipstick application before we proceeded upstairs. Nikki and I left the boys, telling them we would meet them at the elevator. As of yet, there had been no bitch whore sighting. That was about to change.
Nikki and I walked out of the cafe, stepped around the corner of the hallway to the right and almost strolled directly into Jaymie. I'm not adding this little moment for dramatic effect, People. It was a total shocker but I am happy to report that I was beyond cool. I smiled in her direction ('D' would not have approved!) without making actual eye contact and turned back to Nikki, casually laughing as if she had just shared another comical bit of potty humor with me. In my peripheral vision, I noted Geek Boy and Daddy James gawking, as if in abject horror, at the sight of me.
I leaned closer to Nikki and whispered, "There she is. That's her. Don't look now, but that's Jaymie."
Gotta give Nikki credit. I would have given myself whiplash spinning my head around like that poor little girl in the Exorcist, to get a peek at the slut that had been the torment of my best friend for a year. Nope. Not Nikki. She didn't even flinch. She just kept walking but as we turned left into the ladies room, she cast a quick glance backward.
The thing about Jaymie that Nikki noticed immediately was her hair...or lack of it! Nikki, wide eyed, blurted out, "What the hell is with that awful hair?"
I was astounded by Jaymie's new look, as well. She had allowed someone to whack off her less than luxurious locks into a pixie! It was such a bad alteration, I wondered if perhaps she had diced and cleaved it off on her own without the benefit of a reflective surface. I know that in school she used to cut herself. Maybe this was another form of self mutilation. She looked like a scrawny school boy. I confess, as small and superficial as it seems, this pleased me.
This is as good a place as any to pause. The next post will be the End of Jaymie. It will start with the news that Jaymie decided to change her mind. I guess after getting another look at me, she decided she wanted a legal order with teeth. No more Non-Clets. She wanted it all on the record and listed with law enforcement. Guess there would be a battle after all.
The End of Jaymie was gonna be an event to remember.