Evelyn had lived in New Mexico with her husband Jasper for the last 20 years. It wasn’t an exciting life, but they got by. They owned their own house. She spent her days each weekend with her two horses at a stable that was only a mile from her house. Jasper spent his weekends at a small lake where he had a mobile home and a boat. He often brought home fresh fish. Evelyn and Jasper’s romantic life wasn’t what it used to be, but their love was as strong as ever.
Evelyn had three sisters. They all lived in Georgia, and they had been badgering her for years to move to Georgia so they could all be together. Jasper resisted the idea because he was familiar with Georgia’s suffocating humidity. He finally relented when the sisters said they had found a condo that was only 100 feet from a dock on a huge lake. The condo price included a small boat and a space for it on the dock.
Jasper flew to Georgia to look the place over. When he returned, he told Evelyn that they should put their house and mobile home up for sale. He said he would still prefer to remain in New Mexico, but the Georgia place looked all right, although small. But most important, he said, was that she would be happier living near her sisters. Evelyn was touched; how could she ever pay him back for being so considerate?