Margaret didn’t understand why her husband, George, spent so much time in the garage. She had never previously breached his personal space, so this was unexpected. She went searching with her kid one day to distract him. She had not expected to discover anything so shocking. «I’m going to the garage, darling,» George remarked to Margaret, who was in the kitchen cleaning up their supper.
«You’ve spent all day there.» «What are you doing?» she said, wiping her hands on a dishtowel and looking at her husband with curiosity. «Oh, I’m working on the car, and maintaining it in excellent condition takes some time.» I’m also mending other things and thinking about making some new tool cabinets. He pretended nothing had happened and returned to the garage.
Margaret studied the issue while resting her hands on her waist. Theirs was a conventional family. She did the cooking and cleaning while he worked on the gardening, repairs, and upkeep of the home. It worked for them, and she never violated his personal space, assuming that every man needs his own space at home.
George, on the other hand, had spent days in the garage and had only gone out to eat. He had no oil on his hands or any other indication that he had worked on their automobiles. She found it weird that he had gained a new interest in mechanics or shelf-building. Perhaps it was because they didn’t live near their relatives. Cynthia, their only child, resided in California, and they missed her when they returned to Utah.
But it was unavoidable. Cynthia had been missing for quite some time at that point. She was now married and had a daughter. It couldn’t be empty-nest syndrome since their nest had been empty for years. What’s the problem? She was perplexed and unsure of what to do. She put it away for the evening and proceeded to tidy the rest of the kitchen.
After a few days, Margaret had had enough. She needed to investigate what was going on in the garage. However, since George was frequently close, she devised a plan with her daughter. Cynthia intended to speak with them and show them the baby through video chat. That should be enough to pull her attention away from his macho shell and let her quickly figure out what’s going on.
When Cynthia finally phoned, Margaret shouted for her husband to come to the kitchen. A laptop was on the table. «George! Cynthia’s phone has begun to ring! «Please come in!» George exited the garage and sat next to his wife to speak with their daughter. She revealed all she knew about the baby and her life to them.
«I must go for a minute.» «Please pardon me,» Margaret remarked as she stood up from her seat at the table. «I’ll be right back,» she assures him. She stepped away from George to check whether he was still preoccupied. She then exited the home and entered the garage. Surprisingly, everything looked to be operating well. There was no sign of shelf-building, and the vehicle hood was in situ.
There was no clutter, and the tools were properly arranged. It was befuddling. If George had been working there all day, everything would have been strewn everywhere. Perhaps some oil or grease. However, there was nothing. She walked around the garage, arms crossed, trying to make sense of what was going on. She had to move immediately.
She sank back against the wall, taken aback by what occurred next. A secret door appeared. What? Is this a new thing? Was it always this way? She pondered aloud as she stepped in. It was pitch dark, but she looked around for a light switch and found one on the side. Inside, there was a stool and an unexpected find: an easel.
She observed a canvas with work in progress balanced on top. She observed some photos of their family on a bulletin board on the other wall. Among the painting equipment on the floor were a mixing palette and numerous brushes. Without thinking, she muttered, «George can paint?»
She was surprised when she heard a voice. «How did you get here?» She spun around and gasped sharply, clutching her chest in panic. «Jesus! «You scared me!» «Margaret…» he murmured, his hands on his waist. His tone, on the other hand, was upbeat and friendly. «This was meant to be a surprise!» «What are you doing in here?» «I had no clue this room existed,» she said as she glanced around.
He gestured for her to come forward to face the canvas. It’s been with us since we moved in. However, locating the door might be tough if you don’t know where to look. Anyway, I had a painting course as a youngster and soon forgot about it. I’ve just realized that we don’t have any family photographs, particularly of our granddaughter.
«So I was thinking of mixing this picture of us with Cynthia’s photo,» he added, pointing to the wall. «Wow! «That’s a fantastic idea!,» she screamed. «Yeah, but it was intended to be a present,» he said, grinning. «Please accept my deepest apologies.» «I grew worried since you were spending so much time here,» he said. «I’ve had to restart numerous times,» he added, «but this time it’s going extremely well.»
«I also made a point of cleaning my hands with a handkerchief to avoid raising your suspicions, but I feel you were still suspicious.» However, this is divine. Keep going! » A few days later, George completed the painting and presented it to Cynthia on one of her infrequent visits. They also snapped a picture of the family for posterity. After a few years, the couple decided to move closer to Cynthia in order to be there for all of Cynthia’s milestones.