It had become crystal clear to me that I was the only one making any concessions and really putting in any work at the relationship, so I finally threw my hands up and surrendered to the fact that it was over.The only reason I had worked so hard to keep us together was for the benefit of our daughter.The last thing I wanted to do was hurt our only child, but I figured Kasey must have noticed the tension between her parents and I didn't want her raised in such a toxic environment.
She still had her braces on, and wore reading glasses to school, so she was not someone you'd look at and instantly think 'model.' She was smart as a whip though, but a bit on the shy side preferring the role as follower more than leader.
The void of not having Kasey in my life remained however, so I poured myself into work with abandon.
I was around stunningly attractive women each day, but for whatever reason it just didn't feel right to date at that point in my life.
She was still the intelligent kid I remembered, but seemed to grow more confident and attractive day by day.
By the time I flew back to New York for her high school graduation, she was simply a stunning and mature young lady.
Even though I lived alone, I had enough room for a family, including a pool with a great view of the ocean.