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Husband Forgets to Greet Wife on Their 50th Anniversary, Returns Home and Sees His Stuff Outside — Story of the Day

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By Manuela Cardiga
Jun 14, 2022
09:00 A.M.

A woman is angry and hurt when her husband forgets their 50th wedding anniversary and throws his belongings in the gutter -- until he comes home with an unusual excuse.


Betty Carmichael was sure her husband had forgotten their anniversary yet again, only this time she wasn't going to take it lying down. She had been married to Donald for fifty years and she deserved better!

She had stood by his side through thick and thin and given him three children and the best years of her life, and what did she get? Not even a bouquet of ratty daisies, let alone red roses.

Donald hadn't brought Betty flowers in years. | Source: Pexels


Betty looked at the wall clock and frowned. 21:30. He hadn't even bothered to come home for the special dinner she'd prepared! This was the last straw!

Trust is the cornerstone of any relationship, and doubt wears away at the love that holds it together.

Two hours later, Betty heard her husband's car pull into the driveway and smiled grimly. Donald wasn't going to enjoy his evening, not one little bit.

She immediately heard a shout: "BETTY! What is going on here!"

She marched outside and stood on the porch, her fists on her hips. "What do you want?" she asked.


Betty prepared a romantic dinner but Donald didn't come home. | Source: Unsplash

Donald was standing in the garden and he looked very angry. He pointed a finger at an old worn-out recliner sitting on the lawn along with several boxes of books and bric-a-brac.


"What are my things doing out on the lawn?" he asked. "Have you run mad, woman?"

"Mad!" screamed Betty, and the lights went on in the house next door. "You are the one who must be mad! Do you have Alzheimer's or amnesia? I'm kicking you out. I'm divorcing you!"

"Divorcing me?" gasped Donald, flabbergasted. "I'm seventy-eight years old and you're seventy-five and you want a DIVORCE?"

"Yes!" cried Betty angrily. "Do you think that just because I'm seventy-five I'm no longer a woman? That you can take me for granted? Well, I won't let you!"

Betty was sure Donald didn't love her anymore. | Source: Pexels


"Betty," Donald said. "Be reasonable. What is this all about?"

"You forgot our anniversary AGAIN!" Betty said angrily. "We've been together for fifty years and I have to remind you of my birthday. I understand you weren't there, but you were definitely there for the wedding!"

"Bets," Donald protested. "That was the happiest day of my life..."

"Then why don't you remember it?" Betty asked. "Why don't you bring me flowers or take me dancing? You don't love me anymore. You haven't loved me in years."

Donald shook his head. "I love you, Betty," he said. "You are the love of my life..."


Betty brought Donald's favorite chair out in the street. | Source:Source: Unsplash

"Then why didn't you come home for dinner?" Betty asked. "I made a special dinner and lit candles and set out flowers and you didn't show up! Where were you? Out with another woman?"


Donald grinned. "Yes," he said and stepped aside. Standing there was a slim girl in her twenties with Betty's blue eyes and Donald's wide smile.

"Hannah!" Betty cried and ran down the steps. She would have fallen if Donald hadn't caught her. She threw her arms around the girl and started crying.

"Oh, Hannah," she sobbed. "It's been too long! I've missed you so much!"

Hannah came to visit her grandparents. | Source: Unsplash


"Hi, Gran Betty," Hannah said. "I'm sorry we were so late, but my flight was delayed. Poor Gran Donald waited for hours!"

Betty turned to her husband. "You knew she was coming and you didn't tell me?" she protested.

"I didn't KNOW," Donald said triumphantly. "I arranged it! It was supposed to have been your anniversary surprise, but the flight was late... You've been complaining about how much you miss your only grandchild, so I sent her a plane ticket!"

"Oh, Don!" Betty cried, and put her arms around her husband. "I'm sorry! I thought... I started thinking crazy things..."


Donald and Betty renewed their vows. | Source: Unsplash

"Betty," Donald said tenderly. "I haven't looked at another woman in fifty years and I'm not about to start now."


"Donald," Betty said. "What did I do to deserve you?"

"I don't know," Don said. "But I can tell you we're going to have a hell of a time getting all my stuff back in the house where it belongs!"

With Hannah's help, Don and Betty got everything tidied up and sat down for a midnight snack. "By the way," Donald said. "I have another surprise for you. Tomorrow night we're having a party with all our children and all our friends. I've arranged for Father Bartholomew to be there so we can renew our vows."

Betty and Donald had a wonderful anniversary party. | Source: Unsplash


"But what am I going to wear?" gasped Betty.

"I don't know about the dress, but I have a ring!" Don said, then he dropped down to one knee and pulled out a little jewelry box. "Betty Delancy Carmichael, will you marry me again?"

The next day, the Carmichaels celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary in style and Betty looked lovely in a pretty cream suit and a little veil. As Donald kissed her, she vowed never to doubt him again as long as she lived.

What can we learn from this story?

  • Trust is the cornerstone of any relationship, and doubt wears away at the love that holds it together. Betty started imagining that Don didn't love her anymore, and didn't realize he had a sweet surprise for her.
  • Marriage is about every single day, not just the special occasions. Betty forgot that Don was there for every difficult day and stood by her through thick and thin.

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