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Teetering On The Brink ...
Once again, the words spoken by Marian Harrington comes to mind. “You must choose your own path and make your own way. And, if Joey loves you as much as I think he does, all will be well, if not …” Yes, Bridget says silently and what if not?
“Okay, Joe you are right. Let’s go to the park and unwind. I really am tired, and I will enjoy the change.” Bridget says.
“We are both tired. This incident with Dynamic Electronics was almost my undoing. We had to cut short our honeymoon. But, I will make it up to you, I promise!” Joe coos.
“Sure you will.” Bridget thinks to herself. How many times during their brief courtship has she heard those words? She knew that this would not be the last time either. Bridget keeps having the nagging feeling that she has made a serious mistake, but Joe is so sure about everything.
On the other hand, Joe did not have a clue as to what is going on in Bridget’s mind. All he knows is that he must make this relationship work out. Hadn’t his father and mother had the perfect marriage? Weren’t Bridget’s parents content with their lifestyles? Why shouldn’t his life be like that? There are many questions, but there are few right answers.
Later that evening when Bridget is engaged in deep conversation with her publisher Emily, Joe decides to give his father a call.
“Hi dad, how’s it going?” Joe starts the conversation.
“A lot better than you are, from the tone of your voice.” Joseph II says.
“Dad, I just don’t understand Bridget.” Joe says softly.
“Son, I had a talk with her before you guys were married. I knew it was going to be rough sailing.” Joseph II says.
“Dad, why didn’t you tell me?” Joe asks.
“Because your mother convinced me that it would be a good thing to stay out of it. And, I listened to her. Your mother has always been level headed and a great person to confide in. I never told you this, but your mother comes up with great ideas for the company AND our marriage.” Joseph replies.
“I always thought you made all the decisions, dad!” Joe exclaims in utter surprise.
“I always allowed you to see it that way, son. Your mother has always had my best interest at heart. It’s easy to imagine that I was the general and she was the quiet, passive private. Your mother would never try to be demanding or pushy. It’s not in her character. However, she’s smart, persuasive, and very discreet.” Joseph II confides.
“I see.” Joe states in disappointment.
“No, I don’t think you do see, son. And I am completely to blame. I instilled in you the need for the man to be in total control of his household.” Joseph II answers sadly.
“What’s wrong with that?” Joe questions.
“The problem is son; it has to be mutually exclusive. Your wife has to want it as much as you do.” Joseph II answers.
“But you and mom are so happy.” Joe argues.
“That’s because your mother understood what happened to me earlier in life, Joey. Your mother was willing to buy-in on the concept and it has worked wonders for us. I thought I could make your wife-to-be understand this, but Marian convinced me the wrongness of my actions.” Joseph II relays quietly.
“I’ve never seen this side of you dad, are you sure you are alright?” Joe says not willing to accept this new side of his father.
“I’ve never been better. Give it some time, Joey. Give her some time.” Joseph II says.
“I’ll talk to you later, dad.” Joe states and hangs up.
He couldn’t believe what his father had said.
“Dad’s gotten soft in the head in his old age.” Joe stubbornly thought to himself. “He and mom had the perfect relationship with dad at the helm and mom 1st mate and crew. This is what I want for my marriage.” Joe refuses to let go of the concept of being supreme leader in his marriage. “Doesn’t the Bible state that the man should RULE over his wife?”
The rest of the evening Joe is quiet. Bridget can’t quite understand what’s going on in Joe’s head, but she knows that this wasn’t how she pictured her marriage.
Does Time Always Bring Changes ...?
Regardless of the passage of time, Joe continues to badger Bridget whenever he sees her looking at notes from one of her short stories.
“Why are you still fooling around with that damn writing? You have been doing great as Production Manager for FOXX 7. The station has been producing some great quality programming ever since they promoted you to that position.” Joe begins his customary nagging.
“Yes, and I am aware of that. But this job has always been just a diversion until my writing comes into its own and now it has. The limited time I have invested into my Anthology of Mystery Stories has paid dividends for me and Pharaoh Publishing. I owe Emily and Jim a lot.” Bridget proclaims.
“I’m sure you believe you do, but being a writer for a living, come on Bridget?” Joe shakes his head in utter disbelief.
“We’ve be through this conversation countless times, Joey. Writing is what I do for a living … I’ve explained this!” Bridget repeats in aspiration.
“And I repeat—it’s a nice past-time and a very interesting hobby, but a full-time career? Honey please … I put up with your working at the station, but I really don’t think you need to be doing this.” Joe says firmly.
“I don’t think I want to be having this conversation with you right now, Joey. Besides I have a doctor’s appointment at eleven.” Bridget interjects.
“Why, what’s wrong?” Joe starts to inquire with some concern.
“I don’t know. I’ve just not been feeling myself. I wake up feeling sick to my stomach and I feel tired all day long.” Bridget states.
“It’s all those long hours you’ve been putting in. Working at the station and then going on those stressful book promotion tours, it’s a wonder you haven’t fallen flat on your butt.” Joe nags.
“Whatever you say Joey, I’ve got to go.” Bridget gives him a weak smile, kisses on the cheek, and heads out the door. She is glad for the reprieve.
Bridget has no doubt that Joe loves her; he just doesn’t seem to understand her need to write. Bridget is also hurt that Joe still thinks of her writing as nothing more than an interesting hobby. After giving it another shrug, she drives away in her husband’s Powder Blue Maserati in the direction of Dr. Rex Holliday’s office. Bridget prefers her Honey-beige Ferrari Enzo, but Joe has her blocked.
To Be Continued …
When Love's Not Enough Part 7
- When Love's Not Enough Part 7
Even in the worst of relationships there will come a time when things seem to take a turn for the better … no matter how small that turn is. Bridget has wonderful news for Joey, but will he use it as just another tool to keep her under his control?
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Jacqueline Williamson BBA MPA MS (author) from Memphis on March 13, 2019:
A hasty retreat can sometimes be the best option.