Monday, July 9, 2012

Today Would Have Been The Day

A city council member's wife awakes during the night at 1:30 a.m. to find 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.  He appears to be in deep thought, just staring at the wall and she watches as he wipes a tear from his eye and takes a sip of his coffee.

"What's the matter, dear? Are you worried about the public hearing tomorrow?" she whispers as she steps into the room.
He looks up from his coffee and says, "No dear.   Don’t you remember?  It's the 20th anniversary of the day we met".  She can't believe he has remembered and starts to tear up.

He continues, "We started dating 20 years ago today.  I was 18 and you were only 16," he says solemnly. 
Once again, his wife is touched and comes to tears. "Yes, I do," she replies.  The city  council member pauses; the words were not coming easily.

"Do you remember your father caught us in the back seat of my car?" 
"Yes, I remember," said the wife, slowly lowering herself into the chair beside him. 
He continued. "Do you remember when he shoved his shotgun in my face and said, 'Either you marry my daughter or I will send you to prison for 20 years?'"
"I remember that too," she replied softly.

He wiped another tear from his cheek and said, "I was just thinking I would have been released today."

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