After 23 Years of Marriage, Wife Asks Husband on a Date and Learns He Is Ashamed of Her — Story of the Day
A woman decides to ask her husband out on a date to rekindle their flame. He refused, admitting he was ashamed of her, only to learn an important lesson from one of his good friends later.
Jack and Mary had been married for 23 years with four children who needed constant attention from Mary. Their life was a routine, something that no longer excited the couple.
Their daily routine differed from one another. Jack would come home from work, lay on the couch, and watch television until dinner. Meanwhile, Mary worked the entire day, cooking dinner, washing everyone's clothes, caring for their youngest child, and guiding the other kids with their homework.
When Mary would finally have free time late at night, she'd watch romantic films and imagine herself in them. She's been dreaming of going on a date, as she and her husband haven't gone on one in a while.
However, when Mary looked at herself in the mirror, she was saddened by what she saw. She looked nothing like the women in the movies.
She glanced at her wedding photo in front of the mirror and couldn't believe her eyes. She now saw a tired, sad old woman instead of the cheerful young girl she once was.
Shaking the thought, she decided to change her reality. The next day, when Jack returned from work, she sat him down at the dinner table.
"Jack, I was thinking... maybe we can go on a date? There's a nice place that opened downtown. Maybe we can go check it out," she suggested.
Jack scoffed and was surprised that Mary even initiated it. "Date? Why would we go on a date? Is today a special day or something?" he asked.
Mary shook her head. "Well, we don't have to wait for a special day to go out on a date... we can make any day special," she smiled kindly.
Instead of feeling touched by Mary's gesture, Jack started to feel irritated. "Look at you!" he told Mary. "You look terrible. I'm not going anywhere with you."
Mary felt hurt by her husband's harsh words, especially since she looked that way because she had just finished cleaning their house. "I just finished doing all the housework; that's why I look like this," she justified.
"Don't be ridiculous. You look like this every day. You used to take care of yourself, fix your hair, dress up well, but now you look like an old maid. I don't know when you started to let go of yourself," Jack told her.
Mary's eyes filled with tears. "Even when you cry, you look terrible. Do you want the truth? I'm ashamed of you. I can't take you out like this," Jack said before walking out the front door.
Jack went to his friend Samuel's house and invited him to a bar for a beer. But Samuel turned him down immediately. "Sorry, mate. I'm going on a date with my wife. There's this new place downtown I wanna take her to."
Jack was offended that his friend refused a trip to the bar for a date with his wife. Then he saw Samuel's wife heading down the stairs. She looked beautiful in her dress and had a big smile as she held flowers in her arms.
"Sam, I just found this bouquet on the table in our room. Did you put them there?" she beamed, kissing Samuel on the cheek.
"Yep, surprise! Also, here..." he said, taking a paper bag from behind the front door. His wife opened it and inside was a beautiful evening dress.
"Oh, Sam. This is beautiful! You are the best husband! Let me change quickly. I will wear this dress on our date," she said excitedly, rushing back upstairs.
Jack was stunned at what he had just witnessed. "Sam, your wife is beautiful, and you two look so in love! My wife always looks miserable. She barely ever smiles nowadays," he said.
"When was the last time you asked Mary out on a date?" Samuel asked his friend.
"I can't remember... two years ago, maybe?" he replied.
"You last asked her out on a date two years ago, and now you're complaining to me that she doesn't smile?!" Samuel said, hitting his friend playfully on the arm.
Shaking his head, Samuel decided to give Jack a valuable piece of advice. "You know, mate. I make every single day special for my wife. She's the light of our home. She deserves all the love and appreciation from me. She's always been beautiful, but every day, she puts in extra effort to look even more beautiful – because she feels loved."
Jack stood there, quietly absorbing what Samuel was saying. He realized he had a responsibility he hadn't been fulfilling toward his wife.
"When I take my wife on a date, it's not because it's a special day. It's because I choose to make every day special. Try it, mate. It might work wonders on your marriage," Samuel suggested.
Jack nodded, realizing that what Samuel said was what Mary was trying to tell him earlier. "Thanks, Sam. Well, enjoy your date tonight. I'll go back home now."
When Jack returned home, he had a gift for Mary. "I'm sorry for hurting you with my words earlier today. I was being disrespectful, and you didn't deserve that," he said, handing her the gift box. "Would you like to go out on a date with me tomorrow? I booked us a table at that cool place downtown..."
Mary looked at Jack, surprised. She was thrilled and smiled the same cheerful smile she used to show him every day when they were younger. She opened the gift box and saw a beautiful silver necklace.
"This is so beautiful, Jack. Thank you. I would love to go on a date with you tomorrow," she replied.
The following day, Jack saw Mary transform right in front of his eyes. She looked breathtaking, and he was reminded that he had the most beautiful woman by his side. He was happy, and so was she.
Since then, both Mary and Jack have made it a point to work on their relationship. They rekindled the flame between them, and it did wonders not only for themselves but also for their family life.
What can we learn from this story?
- You don't need a special day to celebrate. You can make every day special. Jack initially believed dates should only be celebrated on special occasions. His good friend Samuel made him realize that every day could be memorable, and it was up to him to make it that way.
- Show your loved ones your love, support, and appreciation every day. We often overlook the little things our loved ones do for us every day. It's important to pay attention to them and show your appreciation so that love continues to bloom at home.
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