In 1965 the US Supreme Court ruled in favor of Griswold in Griswold vs Connecticut. Prior to this ruling condoms could only be sold legally under the guise of disease control rather than pregnancy prevention. Adriel’s wife Gabrielle, who had had a tubal ligation five years earlier, had provided him with a new box of condoms at the beginning of the year. The implications of their reappearance was not lost on him.
He had been at the research clinic for clinical trials for four days and returned home feeling hopeful and invigorated. He and Gabrielle had taken the train up to New York together but she had made the return trips by herself.
Just under three hours on Amtrak’s Acela Express had proven that more than his spirits were lifted as they chatted optimistically on the long ride home. “I really think this will help,” he said. “I haven’t felt this good in a long time.”
She had smiled, squeezed his hand and said. “Great. It’s what I’ve been praying for,” she replied, leaning over in her seat to kiss him.
Navigating METRO at the end of rush hour was difficult but with his eyes and her arms and legs they accomplished the task. Once home he had said, “I feel like celebrating. How about some wine?”
He had poured and they had drank and once they were both just a little tipsy he had, “I really missed you.”
“I missed you too,” came her subdued answer.
Thinking she would never take the hint he had asked directly if she would like to make love. Her smile had been as weak as her yes and the opened box of condoms explained everything succinctly. “I’m so sorry,” she whispered and then ran off to the bathroom to cry. Hers were not the only tears shed that night.