When one man’s wife was gone for two days after a petty argument reached a boiling point, he knew there […]
When one man’s wife was gone for two days after a petty argument reached a boiling point, he knew there was only one thing he could do. He sat down, pen in hand, and just started writing. “My darling,” began his letter…
The words didn’t come to him easily, but he knew that it was important that he communicated exactly what he was feeling.
“Two nights ago, we had a huge argument. I was exhausted when I got home from work,” he wrote.
“It was 8 p.m. and all I wanted to do was to lie down and watch the game,” he sheepishly admitted. He couldn’t help but break down all the events that led up to the fight that drove her from their home.
“You weren’t in a good mood, and you were clearly tired after having a long day,” he continued. «You were trying to put the baby to sleep as the other kids were fighting, and all I did was turn the volume up.”
“’Would it kill you to play a more active role in your children’s upbringing?’ you’d asked me, turning the television volume back down. ‘You can help out more around the house, too,’” he recalled.
“’Hey,’ I said defensively. ‘I work hard all day just so you could play in the doll’s house all day.’ The argument just kept going like that,” he wrote, seemingly chagrined to be remembering the details.
“I said terrible things to you that I can never take back, and you screamed, saying that you were sick of it all. So you tearfully ran out of the house, leaving me to take care of the children on my own,” he wrote.
“I was forced to feed the kids and put them to bed all by myself,” he remembered. “When you didn’t come back the next day, I was forced to ask my boss if I could take a day off so I could take care of the children.”
Then he got to the heart of the matter. “I experienced the crying and the tantrums. I experienced having to run around so much all day that I didn’t even have a chance to shower.”
“I experienced being forced to heat the milk, getting the kids dressed, and cleaning the kitchen all at once,” he wrote. “I experienced being cooped up all day without speaking to an adult.”