A woman awoke during the night to find that her husband Bill was
not in bed. She put on her robe and went downstairs.
Bill was sitting at the kitchen table with a cup of coffee in
front of him.
He appeared to be in deep thought, just staring at
She saw Bill wipe a tear from his eye and take a sip of
"What's the matter dear? Why are you down here at this time of
night?" she asked.
"Do you remember twenty years ago when we were dating, and you
were only 16?" Bill asked.
"Yes, I do," she replied.
"Do you remember when your father caught us in the back seat of
my car making love?"
"Yes, I remember.
"Do you remember when he shoved that shotgun in my face and said,
'Either you marry my daughter, or spend twenty years in jail'"
"Yes, I do," she said.
Bill wiped another tear from his cheek and said, "You know . . .
I would have gotten out today.