A woman awakes during the night to find that her husband was not in
their bed. She puts on her robe and downstairs to look for him.
She finds him sitting at the kitchen 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
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 20 years ago when we were
dating, and you were only 16?" 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 father caught us in the back seat
of my car making love?"
"Yes, I remember" says the wife, lowering herself into a chair beside
him. The husband continues...
Do you remember he threatened to send me to jail for 20 years if I
didn't marry you?" "I remember that too" she replies softly.
He wipes another tear from his cheek and says...
"I would have gotten out today."