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Marriage – very touching!

When I got home that night as my wife served dinner, I held her hand and said, I’ve got something to tell you. She sat down and ate quietly. Again I observed the hurt in her eyes.

Suddenly I didn’t know how to open my mouth. But I had to let her know what I was thinking. I want a divorce. I raised the topic calmly.

She didn’t seem to be annoyed by my words, instead she asked me softly, why?

I avoided her question. This made her angry. She threw away the chopsticks and shouted at me, you are not a man! That night, we didn’t talk to each other. She was weeping. I knew she wanted to find out what had happened to our marriage. But I could hardly give her a satisfactory answer; she had lost my heart to Jane. I didn’t love her anymore. I just pitied her!

With a deep sense of guilt, I drafted a divorce agreement which stated that she could own our house, our car, and 30% stake of my company.

She glanced at it and then tore it into pieces. The woman who had spent ten years of her life with me had become a stranger. I felt sorry for her wasted time, resources and energy but I could not take back what I had said for I loved Jane so dearly. Finally she cried loudly in front of me, which was what I had expected to see. To me her cry was actually a kind of release. The idea of divorce which had obsessed me for several weeks seemed to be firmer and clearer now.

The next day, I came back home very late and found her writing something at the table. I didn’t have supper but went straight to sleep and fell asleep very fast because I was tired after an eventful day with Jane.

When I woke up, she was still there at the table writing. I just did not care so I turned over and was asleep again.

In the morning she presented her divorce conditions: she didn’t want anything from me, but needed a month’s notice before the divorce. She requested that in that one month we both struggle to live as normal a life as possible. Her reasons were simple: our son had his exams in a month’s time and she didn’t want to disrupt him with our broken marriage.

This was agreeable to me. But she had something more, she asked me to recall how I had carried her into out bridal room on our wedding day.

She requested that every day for the month’s duration I carry her out of our bedroom to the front door every morning. I thought she was going crazy. Just to make our last days together bearable I accepted her odd request.

I told Jane about my wife’s divorce conditions. She laughed loudly and thought it was absurd. No matter what tricks she applies, she has to face the divorce, she said scornfully.

My wife and I hadn’t had any body contact since my divorce intention was explicitly expressed. So when I carried her out on the first day, we both appeared clumsy. Our son clapped behind us, daddy is holding mommy in his arms. His words brought me a sense of pain. From the bedroom to the sitting room, then to the door, I walked over ten meters with her in my arms. She closed her eyes and said softly; don’t tell our son about the divorce. I nodded, feeling somewhat upset. I put her down outside the door. She went to wait for the bus to work. I drove alone to the office.

On the second day, both of us acted much more easily. She leaned on my chest. I could smell the fragrance of her blouse. I realized that I hadn’t looked at this woman carefully for a long time. I realized she was not young any more. There were fine wrinkles on her face, her hair was graying! Our marriage had taken its toll on her. For a minute I wondered what I had done to her.

On the fourth day, when I lifted her up, I felt a sense of intimacy returning. This was the woman who had given ten years of her life to me.

On the fifth and sixth day, I realized that our sense of intimacy was growing again. I didn’t tell Jane about this. It became easier to carry her as the month slipped by. Perhaps the everyday workout made me stronger.

She was choosing what to wear one morning. She tried on quite a few dresses but could not find a suitable one. Then she sighed, all my dresses have grown bigger. I suddenly realized that she had grown so thin, that was the reason why I could carry her more easily.

Suddenly it hit me… she had buried so much pain and bitterness in her heart. Subconsciously I reached out and touched her head.

Our son came in at the moment and said, Dad, it’s time to carry mom out. To him, seeing his father carrying his mother out had become an essential part of his life. My wife gestured to our son to come closer and hugged him tightly. I turned my face away because I was afraid I might change my mind at this last minute. I then held her in my arms, walking from the bedroom, through the sitting room, to the hallway. Her hand surrounded my neck softly and naturally. I held her body tightly; it was just like our wedding day.

But her much lighter weight made me sad. On the last day, when I held her in my arms I could hardly move a step. Our son had gone to school. I held her tightly and said, I hadn’t noticed that our life lacked intimacy.

I drove to office… jumped out of the car swiftly without locking the door. I was afraid any delay would make me change my mind… I walked upstairs. Jane opened the door and I said to her, Sorry, Jane, I do not want the divorce anymore.

She looked at me, astonished, and then touched my forehead. Do you have a fever? She said. I moved her hand off my head. Sorry, Jane, I said, I won’t divorce. My marriage life was boring probably because she and I didn’t value the details of our lives, not because we didn’t love each other anymore. Now I realize that since I carried her into my home on our wedding day I am supposed to hold her until death do us apart.

Jane seemed to suddenly wake up. She gave me a loud slap and then slammed the door and burst into tears. I walked downstairs and drove away.

At the floral shop on the way, I ordered a bouquet of flowers for my wife. The salesgirl asked me what to write on the card. I smiled and wrote, I’ll carry you out every morning until death do us apart.

That evening I arrived home, flowers in my hands, a smile on my face, I run up stairs, only to find my wife in the bed – dead.

My wife had been fighting CANCER for months and I was so busy with Jane to even notice. She knew that she would die soon and she wanted to save me from the whatever negative reaction from our son, in case we push thru with the divorce –At least, in the eyes of our son— I’m a loving husband…

The small details of your lives are what really matter in a relationship. It is not the mansion, the car, property, the money in the bank. These create an environment conducive for happiness but cannot give happiness in themselves. So find time to be your spouse’s friend and do those little things for each other that build intimacy. Do have a real happy marriage!

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  • kelly kabubu May 26, 2016, 5:10 pm

    Very touching…

  • kelly kabubu May 26, 2016, 5:06 pm

    Heart touching story…I almost cried

  • Jackson May 17, 2016, 11:51 am

    Very touching

  • Chennakesava singh April 11, 2016, 2:36 pm

    A very painful narration. But in today’s world more such incidents. Love, Respect and Trust are the three indispensable things required to make any married life worth living. Since they are not difficult to cultivate and achieve, any married life can become blissful We live only once. Then why can’t we give overwhelming love to our life partner and make life worth living.

  • Sulekha Aikat April 8, 2016, 6:19 am

    Made me cry at the end of the story, very sad

  • Mohit February 5, 2016, 12:21 pm

    story make my heart to melt in tears

  • Gabro George January 28, 2016, 11:57 pm

    This is powerful & relatiinship superglue. Sorry the woman ended up dying

  • manoj kumar January 27, 2016, 8:25 am

    great touching story worth reading 100 time .I salute the author

  • Daniel Bergin December 28, 2015, 6:30 pm

    This is a great story with a empty ending for me. I trust that God was moving in the hearts of both them. The world conveniently overlooks the phrase ” until death do us part” and we all said it and i hope meant it. Dont ever give up just redo how you handle issues and your heart. Trust GOD he is what we all need.

  • Pallavi November 22, 2015, 9:44 pm

    A beautiful story.. Made me emotional..

  • ME, Mechanicl Engineer November 10, 2015, 5:02 am

    Speechless,… I did tried not to let my eyes wet,.. but couldn’t ,.. damn its,…

  • Deepali October 7, 2015, 9:08 am

    Tears flowing through my eyes….heart touching story

  • Florence September 8, 2015, 6:52 am

    Is a very touching story n I love ? it. Its teach us to learn from our mistakes

  • Kathy September 5, 2015, 5:51 am

    So touching! I’m teary-eyed.

  • Taha Darwish August 22, 2015, 10:40 am

    What a wonderful and meaningful story! It is a very strong message to all heartless husbands over the world. That’s true he has changed his decision and decided to save his marriage… but.. it was tooooo late!

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  • Edward June 18, 2015, 9:15 am

    the story made me cry Really heart touching story

  • eshani bahdwaj May 28, 2015, 12:44 pm

    Realy heart touching story, it give us a lesson that we should care and give importanc to all relation

  • BISHNU May 14, 2015, 2:47 pm

    Great tragedy…

  • Stoney fox March 30, 2015, 10:28 am

    Damn awesome you made me weep

  • Nadiya.kannan March 17, 2015, 2:15 pm

    Wonderfull story.. but sad ending… but am lucky enough to get an husband lik i have…love u baby

  • Ken March 16, 2015, 8:15 am

    A really touching story.

  • Lamiya February 7, 2015, 6:07 am

    Really nice …. I have no words to say……really niceeeee….

  • Pawan January 2, 2015, 11:40 am

    Really heart touching story make me a strange feeling

  • Risha November 17, 2014, 10:10 am

    So motivative

  • Preeti Singh November 15, 2014, 1:24 am

    Very lovely story..she sacrificed all things for her hubby..
    pls care for one who love u a lot and she did not complain also
    Just give break..all will be okay

  • Alkhaser villegas sappayani October 10, 2014, 3:30 am

    It was indeed a very touching story.

  • Throwbackwords September 8, 2014, 3:25 pm

    Very touching. The story made me cry:-(((

  • Marcelline kata July 26, 2014, 5:15 am

    Heart breaking story. A true & faithful woman never be tempted by the men and material. Lives & sacrifice the life for her husband and children.

  • Iyak July 2, 2014, 7:29 am

    Speechless …How sad…

  • tanisha June 30, 2014, 5:01 am

    heart touching and a very very very very loving story
    fabulous and I cannot describe it in words

  • Ishwar Pawar April 3, 2014, 2:42 am

    Eyes are flowing and don’t want to stop them…

  • Mckenzie March 31, 2014, 4:47 am

    Its superb…. first short story with made me wipe my eyes tons of likes to the unknown author….

  • Valarmathi March 6, 2014, 6:05 am

    Wonderful story. Makes me to cry….The value of husband and wife relationship is Great…..Narration of this stroy is excellant. Thanks to the Author.

  • Christina February 25, 2014, 12:13 pm

    Reminds me of so much, love is not materialized women are so delicate if only men knows before it’s too late.

  • Stella February 22, 2014, 7:11 pm

    I will never ever forget this…!

  • Allen February 21, 2014, 8:20 am

    I am not married yet but soon this story has made me appreciate my spouse and I have purposed to love her the better.

  • Vishwanath January 18, 2014, 10:45 pm

    Memorable article nicely written.

  • Benary January 12, 2014, 12:00 pm

    Indeed very heart breaking story.

  • Ruth Pueblo January 11, 2014, 2:01 am

    Super like very inspiring… thank you for sharing!

  • Ayman January 6, 2014, 12:19 pm

    It is really a fantastic story with a wonderful moral. I enjoyed each and every line. Thanks.

  • Syed waseem January 2, 2014, 2:36 pm

    Wow!! A wonderful story. It says what true love is about. Thanks to the author..

  • Manmohan December 30, 2013, 12:20 pm

    Made me cry..

  • Palki December 27, 2013, 12:03 am

    It’s a really good story.

  • Hama December 26, 2013, 10:52 am

    I literally cried :'(
    I seriously wish to die before the day I get aware of my lover being involved with someone else….

  • Princess December 21, 2013, 9:17 am

    A very touching story.

  • Roseline Anthony December 19, 2013, 9:55 am

    I am going to share this with my husband whom I love him like anything but he loves someother girl in our 8yrs marriage life.

  • Orin Grimmond December 1, 2013, 9:33 pm

    Very inspiring! I love it. We don’t know what we are blessed with until we lose it.

  • Remya Sajeev November 27, 2013, 3:22 am

    Very interesting, teaching story. Be a married woman I can feel it very much, touches heart deeply…

  • Regula Narayana Rao November 26, 2013, 1:03 pm

    It is a heart rending story. In a way, my life too shall become an eye opener for others. Being a bank manager, I used to be a workholic returning home late nights from bank and failed to notice the deteriorating health of my better-half. Lack of my timely caressing took the toll of her life. I am alone, repenting for the rest of my life.

  • Janani November 20, 2013, 12:01 pm

    Wow!! A wonderful story. It says what true love is about. Thanks to the author..

  • Ghie November 19, 2013, 2:19 pm

    I can’t help myself but cry the moment I read this story. How kindhearted the mother was. It’s too late for the father to do the thing he must have done since their life together began. 🙁

  • Sajeev November 8, 2013, 2:53 am

    I hope the number of couples who find ‘them’ like in this story won’t go up.

  • Xavier November 6, 2013, 2:58 am

    It was one of the right time when I read this story and I think my life had changed the movement when I was reading this….

  • Mackenzie September 19, 2013, 8:54 pm

    Omg! I don’t know what to say, I’m so emotional.. I hope the husband realized that earlier.! I’m very proud for the mother she bear all the pain. :(.

  • Vanitha H.S August 20, 2013, 4:36 am

    Fantastic story & heart touching. Because of busy schedules gap will form between spouse. But we have to break that at least once in a week for real understanding.

  • Akshay August 14, 2013, 6:23 pm

    This is what called love and this is true that love is not about money car property and all that it is about little happiness….

  • Pavan August 14, 2013, 10:03 am

    Nice story!!

  • Vikas Kumar Sirsat August 9, 2013, 4:38 am

    Truly a heart touching story which made me cry after so long.

  • Rekha August 7, 2013, 7:16 am

    Wow, very nice story… teaches what life is all about.

  • Alynn Rescalar August 6, 2013, 10:12 pm

    How I love this story … thanks to the author … for made me realize the values of time, marriage and life …

  • Memai August 1, 2013, 5:37 am

    I read this story many times but still my thoughts and feeling were the same… after reading super teary eyes!! Just because I’m to much attached with the story and more related!!! Love this story so much.

  • Aleem July 28, 2013, 4:42 am

    Really heart touching story… Thanks to the author.

  • Akhetuamen eric July 24, 2013, 3:46 pm

    Very touching, am moved by this story, marriage is about understanding each other mind.

  • Mrunal patil July 22, 2013, 11:30 am

    That was a very touching story….

  • Ato Yifeus Quinks July 22, 2013, 3:14 am

    Really touching I enjoyed reading it thank you.

  • Vandana Rana July 22, 2013, 3:01 am

    There was not a happy ending but a heart touching story. Wife is understandable. She knows how to tackle the situation ten she decides that conditions for her son. It’s a very nice story.

  • Srinivas July 21, 2013, 9:51 am

    It’s a heart touching story, teach me a lot, how to be with our partner.

  • UD July 19, 2013, 2:54 am

    What a story……nearly one year ago my ex girlfriend told me this story to me but I didn’t want to listen to it..but today after I read this one I realized that I should listen it that day 🙁 I know nothing is gonna be change…but I should listen it that day…I know this thing never happen 🙂 but sometimes I wish that I can have a one chance to go back to the past…

  • Anna Marie July 14, 2013, 2:41 am

    How sad! But it’s ok, because at least their son didn’t know about their divorce.

    I am very happy because he realized that he must not divorce w/ his wife, even if at the last moment.

    Very touching…

  • PURVI THAKUR July 4, 2013, 4:39 am

    Very touching ……….Excellent

  • Tawene Masankhula July 2, 2013, 9:25 am

    Wow. What a touching story.

  • Jessica July 2, 2013, 6:18 am

    Was a very touching story.

  • GHazal June 30, 2013, 3:02 pm

    Unfortunately that story was a real and sociable story. Today one of the issues of society is that … I think the love between this husband isn’t real and this husband left their lives and good times as easy as possible. I hope to see marriage in life of people in world instead of divorce and sad filling 🙁

  • Ankul June 30, 2013, 5:47 am

    So touching taught us to respect our spouses…

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