Gracie was always truthful with him, even when the knowledge shared wounded him. When they were first married, just after a big argument, she had explained that she would never shield him from the truth. She believed that lies, no matter how sweetly told, broke couples apart. She had kissed his lips and assured him that he deserved the respect of truthfulness from her, on every subject.
He had loved her all the more for it.
Well, except for those times when Gracie was pushing him to take a step that he wasn’t financially or emotionally ready to embrace. During those times, he found her candor a source of never-ending irritation. And, in the spirit of truthfulness, he had told her so.
One of those periods began shortly after their tenth wedding anniversary and lasted for nearly a year. What had caused it? The pressing need for…