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 dining room table with a cup of coffee in
front of him. He appears deep in thought, just staring at the wall. She
watches as he wipes a tear from his eye and takes a sip of 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,
“Do you remember 40 years ago when we were dating, and you were
only 18?” He asks solemnly. The wife is touched to tears thinking that
her husband is so caring and sensitive. “Yes, I do,” she replies. The
husband pauses. The words are not coming easily. “Do you remember
when your mother caught us behind the couch making love?” “Yes, I
remember.” Says the wife, lowering herself into a chair beside him.
The husband continues… “Do you remember when she shoved a
shotgun in my face and said, ‘Either you marry my daughter, or I will
send you to jail for 40 years?'” “I remember that, too.” she replies
softly. He wipes another tear from his cheek and says:
“I would have gotten out today.”