Claire and Eric fell in love and got married at a mature age. They wanted children, but they could not conceive because Eric was infertile. After Claire caught Eric on a call with a mysterious woman, their marriage was tested.
Claire and Eric met at a mature age, both in their 40s. Their meeting came about at a time of great tribulation for both of them. They were both terribly lonely, and after multiple failed relationships in both their lives, they had almost given up on love.
However, destiny had something else installed for the pair. They met randomly at a work conference, and the chemistry was instantaneously undeniable.
After almost a year of dating, they finally tied the knot. Claire and Eric had both dreamed of having a large family but had never had the opportunity to. So, the minute they were married, they set out to try for a baby.
Claire and Eric tried for a couple of months but with no success. With things not looking up for them, they sought help and consulted a medical professional. Their doctor took them through various tests and treatments to help them conceive.
After a while, their doctor sent the couple the results and feedback from the various tests conducted. Eric was the one who received the email with the results, and he informed his wife.
“No, my love. It’s me… I’m… I’m infertile. I’m so sorry.”
“So, what do the results say? Can we have a baby?” Claire nervously asked as they were getting ready for bed.
“I’m sorry, my love. We’ll never be able to have children,” Eric said with deep sadness. Claire was shattered.
“B—B—But… But how? Why? Is it me?” Claire said in a panic, weeping bitterly.
“No, my love. It’s me… I’m… I’m infertile. I’m so sorry,” Eric said, embracing a weeping Claire as his own eyes began to well.
The news was hard for the couple to digest, but they tried their best to stay hopeful. They soon decided to try adoption since they couldn’t conceive their own child.
So, they embarked on the adoption process, and things were far from easy. Because of their mature age, most adoption agencies weren’t willing to allow them to adopt. They insisted that older parents would not be properly fit to raise children.
They kept hopeful and continued to apply, praying their dream would finally come true. However, with each application, the result was the same. All the rejections they received began to take an emotional toll on not only them but their relationship.
After various fights over the matter, they soon realized that their pursuit brought them more harm than good. So, they finally decided to call it quits, salvaging the beautiful relationship they had built and accepting that children weren’t in the cards for them.
While Eric seemed to have come to terms with the failed adoption, Claire, on the other hand, was having a tough time. Sometimes she would dream out loud about what it would be like to have a family.
“You know, I noticed something today. With the space we have in the backyard, we could easily fit in a jungle gym and a swing. Imagine having a little one out there, playing until they’ve had their fill. It wouldn’t take you too long to set it up too. We could even call a guy. Wouldn’t that be something?” Claire went on one time.
“You’re going to be a father, Eric!” a female voice said over the phone.
She would often go on about what it would be like if things weren’t the way they were. Eric tried to entertain Claire’s hopeful conversations, but they made him uncomfortable after a while because she clearly hadn’t accepted their situation. Nonetheless, he continued to support his wife.
As time progressed, Claire noticed that her husband had become distant and strange towards her. It was as if he was hiding something from her. Eric was never one to be attached to his phone. He could go hours without it.
But Claire noticed that he had started to take it everywhere with him. He would suspiciously always place it down on its face when Claire was around so she couldn’t see the contacts of any incoming calls. When Eric did receive calls, he was jittery, often insisting on taking them a reasonable distance from his wife.
Claire began to worry that something was going wrong with their relationship. Fearing for the worst, she even began to suspect her husband may be having an affair. She decided to investigate the matter and find out for herself what was really going on.
One day, Claire and Eric were having lunch when Eric received a mysterious call. He excused himself before stepping out of the house to answer as usual. Only this time, Claire followed him outside and eavesdropped on the conversation.
Eric took the call on the porch while Claire listened in from behind the front door. She couldn’t hear much, but she did pick up a single sentence said in excitement, which shook Claire to the core.
“You’re going to be a father, Eric! Congratulations, future dad!” a female voice said over the phone.
“What? That’s amazing, Jill!” Eric responded in excitement.
Claire couldn’t believe what she was hearing. She stoically returned to the living room and sat on the couch. She couldn’t bring herself to listen to another second of that conversation. “How could Eric cheat on her? And was he lying about being infertile?” Claire thought.
Claire fell into a stupor, finding herself so caught up in shock that she didn’t even notice Eric appearing before her. Eric saw Claire’s stoic glare and could instantly tell something was amiss.
“Everything alright, my love?” Eric asked, reaching for Claire’s shoulder to comfort her.
“Don’t touch me! And don’t you dare call me that!” Claire barked, shoving his arm away.
“What’s wrong? I just found out I married a liar and a cheat! You said you’re sterile! Isn’t that so?” Claire snapped.
“What are you talking about?” Eric asked with a shrug.
“Don’t play dumb with me!” Claire said, getting up and rushing to the bedroom. Eric ran behind her.
“Please calm down, Claire. I have no idea what you’re going on about,” Eric replied. “Where are you going?” Eric asked as Claire quickly packed a backpack with a few clothes.
“I’m leaving you, Eric! I heard you speaking to that woman. Jill or whatever her name is! I don’t want anything to do with you!” Claire concluded, storming out of the house with her backpack.
“Claire, please! I can explain!” Eric yelled, but it was too late. Claire had already reversed the car out of the driveway and driven off.
Eric tried to talk to Claire, but she would refuse each time and wouldn’t grant him access to her sister’s house where she was staying. He tried texting and calling Claire, but she blocked his number entirely. He figured she was too mad to communicate, so Eric decided to give her some space and talk things through once she finally calmed down.
“And you’re right. I did lie. When I said the results came back and said I was infertile, that wasn’t true. You’re barren, Claire.”
A few days passed, and Eric finally received a knock at the door. He was over the moon, thinking Claire had finally come back home. However, when he got to the door, he got the shock of his life as a young man served him divorce papers.
Eric was completely distraught, but there was nothing he could do. His hands were tied. His only option was to wait until the meeting with the lawyers to finally get an opportunity to speak to Claire before he lost her for good.
A few days later, it was time to meet with the lawyers. Eric walked into the room full of lawyers, but all he could see was his wife. She seemed so down and tired, and this broke Eric’s heart. He wasn’t exactly sure what had brought them to this place, but he hated to see her sad. Eric immediately rushed over to Claire with documents in hand and knelt down before her.
“Sir, please take a seat at the table and give my client space,” one lawyer said.
“Please, Claire. There’s no need for all of this. I did it all for us. Please just let me explain to you in private,” Eric begged, ignoring the lawyers’ objections.
“Why? So you can tell me more lies? More lies that you and your girlfriend Jill cooked up?” Claire retorted.
“Jill isn’t my girlfriend. She’s an adoption agent,” Eric explained.
“And you’re right. I did lie. When I said the results came back and said I was infertile, that wasn’t true. You’re barren, Claire,” Eric said, handing her the documents with the test results and adoption papers. Claire went through them, utterly shocked as Eric continued to explain.
“I knew how much you wanted kids, so I couldn’t bring myself to tell you what the results said. I thought it would be better for you if you thought it was my fault. And regarding the adoption, I saw how hard you were taking it. Even though we’d agreed to let it go, I knew you never would. So, I kept looking for adoption agencies and finally found one that would give us a chance. We are going to be parents, Claire. We going to have a baby,” Eric said, almost in tears.
Claire was in tears at this point as she saw the picture of the little boy in the adoption paper documents.
She then looked at her husband with adoration, gently caressing his face.
“We’re going to be parents?” she said softly.
“Yes, my love. And we’ll set up the jungle gym and everything. Just like you’ve always wanted,” Eric replied.
“Oh, Eric. I love you. I’m so sorry,” she cried, hugging him tight.
“I love you too. Sorry, I lied,” Eric cried.
“We’re going to have a baby!” Claire cheered in excitement, kissing her husband.
Claire called the divorce off and went home with her husband that evening. They had a long conversation about everything that had transpired, as well as finding their way forward.
Eric admitted that he shouldn’t have kept the truth from Claire because they wouldn’t have had to go through all this drama. In turn, Claire apologized to her husband for her temper. They decided to go to the adoption agent together the next day to bring Claire up to date.
A few days later, Eric and Claire arrived to pick up their child at the adoption shelter. Claire beamed with happiness and burst into tears when she first took the baby in her arms. Eric hugged her, and she did not miss the opportunity to once again apologize to Eric and sincerely thank him for making her the happiest woman alive.
What can we learn from this story?
Lies complicate things. While Eric had good intentions with the lie he told his wife, it still took on a life of its own and, in the end, strained their relationship.
Don’t jump to conclusions. Claire jumped to conclusions about her husband, leaving her embarrassed. She could have had a little more trust in Eric.
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