I made my neighbors get a divorce
By kian.betancourt Story ID: 39
So I've been away at college for some time and just found out about this a week ago.
About a month ago, I came back for Thanksgiving break. I come from a home where my dad was formerly an alcoholic and therefore we don't have any alcoholic beverages in the house. I am 21 and my dad knows I drink, but is not particularly fond of it. He also doesn't like when I bring friends over to drink.
Anyway, cut back to Thanksgiving - I was meeting up with a few friends in the area I come back to that I don't get to see very often, and we had a few beers together. After that, we had nowhere to go and my house was the closest one. Given that it was late and my parents were asleep and two floors up, I figured that as long as we were all quiet and disposed of our cans/bottles somewhere else other than my house it wouldn't be too big of a deal. I was wrong.
So, when we're done (and pretty drunk by the end of the night), I tell them that they can't throw their cans and bottles out in my garbage, given my dad's preference to not have people over that are drinking (I made a stupid decision, I know).
I figured it would be harmless if we just stepped out into my alleyway and dumped all of our cans and bottles into a recycling bin behind our neighbor's house about 3 houses down.
Cut forward to me coming home for winter break, and I was talking with my parents when they had mentioned that the neighbors 3 houses down from us had gotten a divorce. Having lived with them my whole life on that block (they had been married for over 20 years), I was shocked. I asked my father why (he is friends with the wife), and he had told me that apparently their marriage had been going downhill for a while, mostly given that the husband was a recovering alcoholic and had fallen off the wagon a few times recently, and she was basically giving him "one last chance." Apparently the last straw was her finding beer cars in their recycling bin that he was trying to "hide from her" and she filed for a divorce immediately and he's since moved out.
He has a 13-year old daughter and 8-year old son. I really fucked up. :(