“For the first time since I’ve known him, he cried.”
I was sitting at the breakfast table having my morning cup of coffee and reading the paper when my husband walked in. He had a strange look on his face and when he sat down and said nothing, not even a hello, I asked him if anything was wrong.
He said he had a dream that an old flame from the past had suddenly appeared at the front door. He said the dream was so real that he could describe her outfit right down to the last detail. And he said she had something important to tell him but although her lips were moving he couldn’t make out the words.
I asked who she was and he went on to explain their relationship. I was a bit taken aback because Jeff and I never keep any secrets from one another. At least I didn’t think so. And seemingly out of the blue he was telling me about someone who had apparently played an important role in his life.
I asked him why he appeared so troubled. After all, we had been married for over twenty years now, and the past is the past. But he said something happened that he had to explain.
Jeff went on to tell me about a child she had that she gave up for adoption. And he looked up at me and said the child was his.
I walked around the table and hugged him. I asked him if he had ever seen his child, and he just shook his head. For the first time since I’ve known Jeff, he cried.
We spoke about it for the next week or so, and then the unexpected occurred. We received a letter from a young man named Charlton. Incredibly, he explained how he was trying to find his birth father and was now convinced Jeff was the man.
Jeff has had dreams before that have alerted him to things to come but never anything quite like this.