The Morning After

Gina went to the guestroom. The door was slightly ajar so she pushed it open and went in. Matt was just getting out of bed. He was half-naked but when he saw her, he grabbed the sweater lying at the foot of the bed and pulled it on.

“Good morning,” she said, wondering why he had covered himself like that as if she was some stranger instead of his wife.

“Good morning,” he replied, combing his fingers through his hair.

“What time did you come home?”

“Just after midnight.”

“Where did you go after you left here yesterday afternoon?”

“I went for a long drive and then I stopped by Joel’s and Kira’s place afterwards.”

“How are they?”

“They’re fine. They asked about you and Cameron.”

“You spent a long time at their place. How come?”

“We watched a Star Wars movie and then I gave Mel a ride home.”

“Melania was there?”

“Yes.”

“I bet she was happy when you showed up alone.”

“Gina, I’m really not in the mood for an argument right now.”

“I’m not here to argue with you.”

“I’m relieved to hear that.”

“By the way, why did you sleep in here?”

“As I told you, I came in after mid-night and I didn’t want to disturb you.”

“I see. Did you sleep well?”

“Yes.”

“Tomorrow is Family Day. How would you like us to spend it?”

“I don’t know. I haven’t thought about it.” To be honest, he had forgotten all about Family Day. He had so much on his mind.

“I was thinking that we could invite Joel and Kira to spend it with us. We could stay here and play board games or go skating. What do you think?”

“I don’t think that’s a good idea.”

She looked at him in surprise. “Why not? I thought you would want to spend Family Day with your brother and his wife.”

“You know why they haven’t been here in a while.”

“It isn’t my fault that things are strained between Kira and me.”

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“Whose fault is it then?” he demanded. “You’re always going on about what it’s like to be a mother and how having children is such a blessing, knowing fully well how difficult it is for Kira and Joel to conceive. Poor Kira tries really hard not to let your insensitive remarks hurt her but it’s not easy. I don’t blame them for not wanting to come here. If I were in their place, I wouldn’t either.”

“Well, I’m sorry that they don’t like coming here any more because of me. Maybe, you would prefer to spend Family Day with them and Melania instead of with your son and me.”

“Look, it’s Sunday morning and I need to have my breakfast before we go to church.”

“I’m not going to church,” she informed him coldly.

“Fine. I’ll fix myself some breakfast now and then get ready to head out.”

“While you’re at church, I will think of what we can do for Family Day.”

“We don’t have to do anything, Gina.”

“We always do something for Family Day, Matt.”

“Let’s discuss this later.”

“Fine.” She glared at him before she turned and abruptly walked out of the room.

Matt expelled his breath in a heavy sigh. Spending Family Day with Joel and Kira was beginning to seem like a really good idea. He made up the bed and then headed to the kitchen to fix himself an omelet.

Source: The Canadian Homeschooler;

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