To their friends and family, Jeremy and Marissa Jennings were the dream couple. They were hopelessly devoted to each other, both seemingly held well-paying jobs and they were about to welcome a new addition to the family.
What would you do if you discovered your life partner has been faking going to work for three months?
For the last three months, Jeremy would wake up early every morning, make his lunch, get dressed, and set off to “work”. He would conjure up entertaining stories about office politics and his boss to tell over the dinner table. He got “promoted”, they spent a significant amount to re-do their kitchen and add a nursery to their home. In short, Marissa had little reason to suspect anything was amiss.
However, everything unravelled when Marissa attempted to surprise Jeremy at work one day. “I was feeling a bit sorry for missing breakfast that day, so I took half the day off intending to surprise Jeremy at work with plans for a fancy lunch at Clooney, a few blocks away.” She said.
“When I arrived at his office, people seemed surprised to see me and no one would tell me where he was. It was one of the most shocking days of my life. It wasn’t until I met Jeremy’s ex-boss that I found out Jeremy had been laid off three months ago.” She added.
“My mind was in a daze. What has Jeremy been up to? Where was all of his money coming from?”
Life on the rocks…
Marissa called Jeremy immediately and he confessed everything. He was too ashamed to admit that he was suddenly laid off from his job and had been looking for a job for nearly three months. He had been spending most of his time at his parents’ house.
Jeremy told us, “My world shattered when my boss told me the company was downsizing. My job meant everything to me. I couldn’t bring myself to tell Marissa as we had just booked a holiday at the Bahamas, and made the payment to remodel our house.”
“The next few weeks were torture. I would occupy myself and arrange interview after interview. I was planning to tell Marissa the truth immediately after I secured a job. But that didn’t happen, and it became harder to tell her with each passing day.”