Will Garret sadly recalled the words his father said the night before he married Janet. Today should have been their 25th wedding anniversary, a time for celebration. But today is just another day in his lonely life.
Several years ago he had it all...a loving family, a beautiful home, and an lucrative career. Gone was his family and home replaced by alimony and child support. His career had blossomed into a routine job.
At first it was just flirting but that soon evolved into more romantic thoughts. A dalliance with a flippant little thing who had long ago moved on to another besotted man was always to have remained buried within his soul. Was it that long lunch which lead to a late night liason that aroused Janet's suspicion? Or was it his tiredness after that? Perhaps it was the guilt that he wore on his face after that encounter. She knew something was amiss and in a furious fashion she cross examined him. And when the truth was told, it hit her like a bucket of ice water. Her stunned silence slowly stirred up into a roaring rage and the intensity of her anger grew as time passed on. That night his morals wouldn't have filled a thimble. He had become a cheat, an adulterer, but he didn't want to become a liar on top of that. Janet was at least due the truth. An indiscretion, a bad decision, an eruption of emotions and an acknowledgement that the past could not be changed had redesigned their lives.
Will had assumed that the truth would have set him free and understanding and forgiveness from Janet would eventually be forthcoming. Instead it enchained her in misery for what seemed an eternity. It was a wound that would never heal thereby not allowing him to rid himself of the remorse he constantly felt. Janet had permanently shut him out of her life. Will was left with only memories of a once happy marriage.
"Regrets remain with you forever." It was too late when he realized the true value of those words.