Bruce's birthday party was an enormous success. It was not apparent that Nick and Nicole had fought earlier in the day. They enjoyed their family and friends and invested their time on Bruce. The after party clean up went smoothly as Nick did the yard and Nicole did the kitchen. By the time the day ended they were both too tired to discuss anything.
Monday morning arrived and Nick awoke early. He made coffee and breakfast for Nicole and as she sat down at the table he said, "We need to talk."
Nicole looked at him and asked, "About what?"
"About me being the target of your anger and distrust. I have not done anything to deceive you and I don't really understand why you believe I have. I think there is something much deeper going on with you and it is just easiest to blame me."
"Okay," She responded.
"Okay? What is that supposed to mean?"
She looked at him and said, "I hear what you're saying. You're entitled to your opinion and okay. I know you don't think you've deceived me, but I think otherwise. I am still very hurt that you did not make it to the hospital when I was in labor. I don't believe the story you told. I suppose I have to get over that. I think that is where this anger is coming from. When I think about it; I get angry and of course you are the target of that anger."
"What can I do to prove anything to you?" Bruce asked. "Have I not been a good husband, father and provider since Bruce arrived?"
She looked above his head to the left and thought about his question. "I'm not sure you can do anything. I think it is all about me and the betrayal I felt that day. I just can't seem to let go." She stopped and looked at him. "I know you are a good father and husband; there are just times when I forget."
"Do you think it would be good for us to go talk to someone about it?" He suggested
She emphatically said, "No. I can handle this and will try to get better."
He said, "Okay, we can try it your way, but if I feel like I am being a target again I am going to insist that we do something."
"That's fair," she replied. "Will you be home tonight?"
"Yes," he said. "I'm working out of the office today and leave for Bismark tomorrow."
Linking up with my friend Josie at Two Shoes Tuesday where today's prompts were target or deceive.