Sunday, 1 February 2015

The 20th Anniversary

A woman awakes in the middle of the night to find that her husband is not in 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 deep in thought, just staring at the wall. She watches as he wipes a tear from his eye and takes a sip of his coffee.

"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 and says, "It's the twentieth anniversary of the day we met." She can't believe that he has remembered, and she starts to tear up.

The husband continues, "Do you remember twenty years ago when we started dating? I was eighteen and you were only sixteen," he says solemnly.

Once again the wife is touched to tears. "Yes, I do," she replies.

The husband pauses; the words were now not coming easily. "Do you remember when your father caught us in the back seat of my car?"

"Yes, I remember," said the wife as she lowered herself into the chair beside him.

The husband continued: "Do you remember when he shoved that shotgun in my face and said, 'Either you marry my daughter or I will see to it that you spend the next twenty years in prison for having relations with an under-aged child?'"

"I remember that too," she replied softly.

He wiped another tear from his cheek and said, "I would have gotten out today."

Photo Credit: Pedro Veneroso; Flickr Creative Commons
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