Michelle, Mom of two, tells how her secret affair began.
"I've been married for 13 years to an attorney, and I have two boys,
ages 12 and 8. My affair with "the devil" started exactly three years
ago--January 2005. I distinctly remember having a conversation about
affairs with my close friend, Chloe, just the month before in her
TriBeCa loft. Chloe said in her darling French accent, "Michelle, you
know that there are three rules to having an affair: First, never fool
around with anyone with whom you might share your work day; second,
never ever choose a partner that lives in your building; and third,
affairs with other parents from your child's school are off limits."
Two months later, I broke that third rule.
But I just couldn't help
My best friend is named Angela. We met on our sons' first day of kindergarten. Our sons each came running out of the classroom of their new school shrieking, "I have a new best friend!" Excitedly, we asked, "Who?" My son Zane answered, "Anthony!" Simultaneously, Anthony answered, "Zane!" They were fast friends--and so were Angela and I. If you'd told me that day I would end up falling in love with Angela's ex, I would have never believed it. But that's exactly what ended up happening.
Angela was a single mother. I'd often go to her loft after morning drop-off, and we'd spend hours talking. Her favorite topic of conversation was Anthony's father, Natas--a Trinidadian man 15 years her senior. I heard dramatic, eye-popping, hair-raising stories of their time together. I would listen to her laugh, worry and cry almost every day about Natas.
Eventually, Natas made an appearance in her life once again, when our boys were in fourth grade. At this point, he was married with two very young children. He would come to Angela's every Sunday and cook a traditional Trinidadian Sunday feast for his son, and I was often invited. He was a flirt, and I enjoyed it immensely, as it felt very safe--he was married and he also had Angela on the side. Our relationship was strictly friendly...until he asked me if he could call me. Soon after, our affair began, and my life changed forever..."
...to be continued...