A woman awakes during the night to find that her husband was not in
their bed.

She puts on her robe and goes downstairs to look for him.

She finds him sitting at the kitchen table with a hot cup of coffee in
front of him.

He appears to be in deep thought, just staring at the wall.

She watches as he wipes a tear from his eye and takes a sip of his

‘What’s the matter, dear?’ she whispers as she steps into the room,

‘Why are you down here at this time of night?’

The husband looks up from his coffee, ‘I am just remembering when we
first met 20 years ago and started dating.

You were only 16. Do you remember back then?’ he asks solemnly.

The wif e is a lmost reduced to tears herself, just thinking how caring and
sensitive her husband is.

‘Yes, I do’ she replies.

The husband pauses.

The words were not coming easily. ‘Do you remember when your dad
caught us in the back seat of my car?’

‘Yes, I remember,’ said the wife, lowering herself into a chair
beside him.

The husband continues. ‘Do you remember when he shoved that shotgun
in my face and said, ‘Either you marry my daughter, or I will send
you to jail for 20 years?’

‘I remember that, too’ she replies softly.

He wipes another tear from his cheek and says….’I would have
gotten out today.’



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