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 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, "I am
just remembering when we first met 20 years ago and started dating. You
were only 16. Do you remember back then?" he asks solemnly. The wife is
almost reduced to tears herself, just thinking how caring and sensitive
her husband is. "Yes, I do" she replies. 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 a chair beside him. The husband continues. "Do you remember when he
shoved that shotgun in my face and said, "Either you marry my daughter, or
I will send you to jail for 20 years?" "I remember that, too" she replies
softly. He wipes another tear from his cheek and says... "I would have
gotten out today."