40 Years Together
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
"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
dating, and you were only 18?" he asks solemnly. The
wife is touched to
tears thinking that her husband is so caring and
"Yes, I do," she replies.
The husband pauses. The words are not coming easily. "Do
when your mother caught us behind the couch making
"Yes, I remember." says the wife, lowering herself into
a chair beside
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."