Maybe it is because I've been divorced. Maybe it is because I'm naturally suspicious. Maybe everyone feels this way but I've always had a twinge of worry that someday I will find something out about The Husband and it will color the way I feel about him. We dated for a short (SHORT) period of time - like 5 hours - before we started thinking and talking about spending the rest of our lives together. We had one of those cliched experiences that make you gag when you heard about them, "I just knew!" "He's my soulmate!" "It's everything I've dreamed of and MORE!" We didn't really take the time - or want to take the time - to go over every detail in the past. We sort of just had to pick things up as we went. We never did the old boyfriend/old girlfriend routine. We touched on past spouses but didn't really discuss much other than I was sure to find out that I was prettier, funnier, sexier and just all around better than his previous choice. I, of course, assured him of the similar things when we discussed my ex. It's only the right thing to do.
In those short and brief discussions nothing every made me worry. Nothing ever made me second guess my gut. There was nothing, nothing NOTHING to make me wonder if this guy was really as nice and sweet and steady and even and reliable as he appeared. Even so, I think I always worried just a touch that someday something would be revealed. Something ugly. Something questionable. Something ... well, something bad.
I found this yesterday in a stack of mementos. The truth is revealed.
May 16, 1980
Dear Mrs. Fromm
Yesterday, Steven went home on the wrong bus. (#82) More serious than that, he removed his pants briefly and was observed by a group of children and a driver of another bus.
Obviously, anti-social behavior of this kind will not be tolerated. Therefore I am suspending Steven from school until Wednesday May 21 when he may return to school.
Please feel free to contact me regarding this incident.
Robert D. Smithouser
It has, indeed, changed the way I feel about him. The Husband is a Mooner. I've never been more proud!