If you’re married or in a committed relationship, your partner has likely done things that have either left you speechless or shaking your head in disbelief.
Imagine this: You own a wedding ring worth $23,000.
Ok, I know that’s crazy, but just go with it.
Now imagine you’ve just been discharged from the hospital after giving birth to your fifth child. Oh, and you already have a set of twins.
Equally hard for some (including me) to imagine, but keep on playing the game.
A day after returning home from the hospital, you go into your husband’s closet to retrieve your wedding ring from the safest place you could think of to hide it from your children – a watch box. I mean, honestly, who wants to deal with lugging around a $23,000 ring in a hospital, right?
Only you can’t find the watch box. Anywhere.
Panic sets in as you hear your husband offer up an explanation.
“Ugh. I didn’t know there was anything in that box and I sold it at a garage sale…for $10.”
Note: this is not an actual quote, but this is how the scene unfolds in my imagination as I gawk in horror from a distance.
This unbelievably series of events actually happened to 31-year-old southern California mom Racquel Cloutier.
In her words:
“Every year our community holds a garage sale. I was in the hospital, I just had a baby, so my husband thought it would be fun for my other kids if they could sell some things at the garage sale.”
Her spouse, Eric Cloutier, chose things he thought the family no longer needed for the sale, including a seemingly empty watch box.
Oh, Eric. Dear, dear Eric.
I can’t imagine being your wife right now, the mother of your children.
CUE HORMONAL-INDUCED FREAK OUT!
Clearly this was a horrible accident and I feel awful for both of them.
Makes you think twice about nagging your husband for forgetting to take out the trash, doesn’t it?
Heidi Woodard is a working-mom with three children. Read her Thursdays on momaha.com
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