In their 70s, a couple walked into a lawyer’s office one day with an unexpected request for a divorce. Despite the lawyer’s surprise, he took the time to listen to their story and understand their decision. Their marriage had been marked by 40 years of constant fighting and disagreements. They had stayed together for the sake of their children, but now that their children were grown with families of their own, there was no reason to continue the unhappy union.
The lawyer proceeded to prepare the divorce paperwork, but he couldn’t fathom why this couple still wanted to part ways. As the woman signed the documents, she tearfully expressed her love for her husband but admitted that she could no longer carry on with the marriage. Her husband understood her decision and responded with understanding.
The lawyer, thinking there might be a chance to save the marriage, suggested going out to dinner together. The couple agreed, but an awkward silence hung over the table at the restaurant. As the first course, roasted chicken, was served, the husband lovingly offered the drumstick to his wife, thinking it was her favorite. However, she misunderstood his intentions and criticized him for never considering her feelings. Little did she know that he genuinely wanted to please her, as drumsticks were his favorite, and he only wanted the best for her.
That night, both of them struggled to sleep, tormented by the fear of losing each other. The husband couldn’t bear the thought of spending his remaining years without his beloved wife, so he tried to call her to express his love. However, she couldn’t bring herself to answer the call, feeling hurt and misunderstood after so many years of marriage.
Tragically, the next day brought devastating news. The husband had passed away from a heart attack while trying to reach out to his wife. Unaware of his health condition, she was filled with sorrow, realizing that they could have spoken one last time if she had only answered the phone.
Amidst her grief, she began to sort through her husband’s belongings and discovered an insurance policy dating back to the beginning of their marriage. The policy listed her as the beneficiary. A touching note accompanied the policy, revealing his profound love for her and his desire to continue caring for her, even in his absence.
Through her tears, she read his heartfelt words, knowing he would always be by her side, even after his passing. The couple’s love story ended with profound regrets and lessons about the importance of communication and understanding in a relationship.
“When you love someone, let them know… You never know what will happen the next minute… Learn to build a life together. Learn to love each other… For who they are. Not what they are…” The story serves as a poignant reminder of the significance of expressing love and appreciation while we have the chance, cherishing every moment with our loved ones.