Out of the blue, after 25 wonderful years of being married to the sweetest girl in the world, my wife walked up to me and asked me, “have you ever cheated?”
I was speechless. A thousand thoughts raced through my mind. How could she have known? Did someone tell her? Who told her? How long had she known?
I was sure she noticed the sudden change in my behavior. I felt like I’d been run over by a lorry. Immediately, I was overcome with guilt and was so ashamed. Should I lie to her? Should I tell her the truth? I could have confessed long ago, but I did not want to hurt her.
I panicked. My bottom lip began to quiver and tremble as I tried to speak.
She began crying. She turned my face to hers, looking me in the eye, and between sobs, she asked once again, “have you ever cheated?”
She was tearing me a part… I thought my heart would surely break… She knew… She had to…
The memories that I had held back for so long came flooding back into my mind. I remembered every little indecent detail. Oh, the horror of it all. I don’t know why I did it. I surely didn’t think anyone would find out… It started in the 1st grade and I cheated all through school. I had cheated for 12 years, but why would someone tell my wife? I could not lie to her, the mother of my children, the daughter of my father-in-law… I finally looked her in the eye and said calmly but firmly, “Yes darling, I cheated… I did it… For 12 years I cheated!”
She tried to pull away, then finally broke free. She ran from the room, crying hysterically, as she ordered me from our home. “You will never see the children again! I want a divorce right away!” she screamed at me…
I could not believe that my cheating had hurt her this much. They were just spelling tests and maybe a couple of history quizzes, for crying out loud… I tried to hug her, to explain why I had cheated…
On the spur of the moment, she slapped me repeatedly, calling me unprintable names… She finally resorted to violence. She punched and kicked me. I guess I deserved it as a penalty… I covered my head, trying to ward off any serious, damaging blows from her fists. It was beginning to make me mad… I screamed at her, “haven’t you ever cheated? Well have you?”
My wife turned to me and boastfully, proudly replied, “well I wasn’t going to tell you, but since I know what a total loser you are now, I guess it doesn’t matter anymore. Yes, I have cheated… With Fred, Danny, Bill, Bobby, John and Tommy! And what you can do me?”