A woman awakes during 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 in deep 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, 'It's the 20th Anniversary
of the day we met.'
She can't believe he has remembered and starts to tear up.
The husband continues, 'Do you remember 20 years ago when we
started dating? I was 18 and you were only 16,' he says solemnly.
Once again, the wife is touched to tears. 'Yes, I do,' she
The husband pauses. The words were not coming easily. 'Do you
remember when your father caught us in the back seat of my car?'
'Yes, I remember,' said the wife, lowering herself into the
chair beside him.
The husband continued. 'Do you remember when he shoved the
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 would have gotten out today.'*