Barbara worked hard to support her husband, who became disabled after a work accident. But one day she saw him walking on two legs and playing golf with a friend. When she confronts him, he reveals a shocking truth about her disability.
Barbara sighed as she sat on the bus. After spending some time at her friend’s house near the beach in Destin, Florida, she was about to head home. It’s been a nice weekend, but she wanted to go home early this Sunday to relax and spend some time with her husband Christopher. Their home in Tallahassee is only a few hours away, and she has time to sleep on the bus.
But she wasn’t looking forward to her grueling week at work. Barbara had a regular job at the company, and she also had an Etsy store where she sold custom knitwear, as well as a part-time job every day at a coffee shop. She worked incredibly hard because her husband was in a wheelchair.
Her husband ended up in a wheelchair after having an accident at work. | Source: shutterstock
Nearly two years ago, Christopher had a serious accident at work when a box fell on his head. Unfortunately, he wasn’t supposed to be in that area at the time, so the company didn’t pay any compensation. She covered hospital costs and bought a wheelchair, but legally she didn’t have to pay more.
He receives disability benefits from the government, but this is not enough to maintain their way of life. They were upper middle class before Christopher’s accident, and Barbara wanted to do everything she could so that their lives would not be affected after the accident. In addition, she had to pay for physical therapy out of her own pocket, which was difficult.
Barbara doesn’t care if she works too hard or her husband doesn’t do anything at home. He was going through a hard time, even after all this time.
He always rejoiced when his friend Bruce invited him to his house. Bruce took him to baseball games, and he had a game room in his house.
But Bruce was a businessman and did not have much time. So, when he was with them, they took the whole weekend. Barbara also took advantage of these weekends and visited her friend in Destin. It didn’t happen much, but it was a nice break. Unfortunately, it’s time to get back to reality and get back to work.
I sat on the bus and slept most of the trip. | Source: Pexel
She slept most of the trip to Tallahassee, but woke up as soon as they entered the neighborhood. She soon noticed that the bus was passing by Bruce’s house and her jaw dropped when she saw two men standing in Bruce’s backyard. They walked into a car and took a bag of golf clubs.
It might be Bruce and another friend ? Trying to tell herself Barbara. But she sees her husband’s must-have Hawaiian shirt, which he loved to wear, despite it being pretty ugly. He was walking with Bruce and laughing. Unexpectedly, he stood up and pretended to shoot the golf ball away. Then they walked to the back of Bruce’s house, where he had a miniature golf course.
Barbara couldn’t believe it. She worked hard for so long when it was clear that her husband could walk! What is happening ? Why didn’t he tell me? I marveled. What am I going to do with this ?
Barbara worried until the bus reached its stop and got off. She had left her car in a nearby parking lot, so I picked her up and drove home.
Her husband finally came home. | Source: Pexel
As soon as she arrived, she wandered into her house. What if something new happened to Bruce this weekend? What if he wants to surprise me? Yes, it must be so, I finally decided and calmed down. Her husband would come home later on Sunday and surprise her with a walk.
Hello my love, how was your trip? asked Christopher when Bruce rolled him into the living room.
“Oh, hey, you two. That was fun. What about you guys? What did you do?” Barbara asked the men with a big smile, waiting for them to surprise her.
“We did the same as usual,” Bruce said lightly and said goodbye. “Friday was fun, then we spent a lot of time playing.”
She made Christopher a nice dinner of spaghetti and meatballs, and sat with him at the kitchen table. “So that’s all I did?”
He said while swallowing his food: “Yes.” “This is what we always do.”
“Bruce has a golf course at home,” Barbara added, subtly bringing up the subject. “You could have played.”
“I’m still not used to playing in a wheelchair, so no,” replied Christopher, drinking some soda and pretending nothing had happened. “But we had fun, honey. You still worry about me, and I love you for that.”
Barbara hit her fork on the table. | Source: Pexel
Suddenly, Barbara hit her fork on the table. “Really? Are you used to playing in a wheelchair?” I cried.
Christopher looks at her with wide eyes and an innocent face. “What? Honey, it’s hard to play golf in a wheelchair. You can’t control your movement…”
He tries to justify his answer, but Barbara cuts him off. “I saw you! I saw you walking around, putting putters out of Bruce’s car, and swinging like a kid at Christmas! Christopher! I want the truth now!”
Christopher’s mouth opened and closed like a fish in an aquarium, but he had nothing to say. Barbara waited for him to deny, but he only asked, “How?”
“My bus passes by Bruce’s house, and you were picking up the poles when he passed. Christopher, you mean you’ve been lying to me? For how long?” You ask in the strongest tone you can take without being emotional.
Finally her husband sighed and revealed the truth. “Yes, I lied. It’s been about a year and a half. I didn’t want to go back to work.”
“you making fun of me ?”
Christopher tried to find excuses. | Source: Pexel
“Please calm down. It’s not a big deal. Your work has gotten past this, and I just wanted a break after all these years. I also loved how much you cared about me. It was the best year and a half of my life.” Christopher shared.
“You lied to me for a year and a half,” Barbara repeated. “My job was to get us through this…Do you know how hard I work so we don’t have to cut our lives off? Where do you go when I take you to physical therapy?”
I winced at her screams. “Please don’t yell at me. I also lie to the therapist.”
“How long has Bruce known?
“Since I started walking again,” Christopher revealed.
Barbara takes a deep breath and considers the options available to her at this time. Everyone knows that making decisions in anger is not a good idea, so she wanted to be clear. But there was only one choice at the moment.
She rose from the table, took the same bag that she had brought from Destin, and went to her mother. She was crying profusely that night and for several days, while Christopher was constantly calling and watching over her. All members of his family are shocked by this betrayal and do not know how the spouses can get out of it.
She traveled the world and was much happier. | Source: Pexel
They couldn’t. Barbara filed for divorce a month later with her mother and never saw Christopher again. She emptied their joint bank accounts, quit all her jobs, and traveled the world for a year to make up for all that wasted effort. It was the best decision of his life.
What can we learn from this story?
- A relationship can’t survive such a big lie. Barbara and Christopher’s marriage could not survive after he lied about something very important.
- A certain lifestyle is not worth killing yourself at work. The pair are supposed to support each other through tough times, but Barbara was killing herself working hard for someone who was lying all the time.
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