Josephine Gellar had been dead wrong about the Masons, but that isn’t what surprised her most. What bothered her was the way the Masons had handled the entire situation.
Josephine tried to look at things like they would. But she had to admit that she would have acted differently. She could not believe that she had been so wrong about them; the whole experience was quite humbling.
How They Met
In their first year of clerking at the renowned legal firm known as Bingham, Thompson, and Mooney, Warren Gellar and Susan Mason got to know each other. It was a highly sought-after chance for aspiring attorneys in Maine.
Both were naturally thrilled to start working there right out of law school. But they had much more than that in common.
Made For Each Other
They embodied the definition of a twin flame. They shared the same ambition, professional goals, beliefs, and interests. They also bonded instantly over their shared love of opera.
It was apparent from the start that they were a perfect match for one another. At least, that’s how it seemed.
Despite all the things they had in common, there was something that could get in the way of taking the next step in their relationship. They tried to act like the elephant in the room wouldn’t cause a problem, but they knew it might.
Many of Warren’s friends and family believed they were incompatible, although they had been happy together from day one.
Warren and Susan seemed like complete opposites on the surface. This was because they had contrasting backgrounds. They not only experienced different childhoods but their families also had different lifestyles.
Warren’s family owned a lavish estate and had always been extremely wealthy. On the other hand, Susan seemed to have had a far more modest upbringing.
From Different Backgrounds
Warren’s parents came from a wealthy background; business and financial tycoons scattered throughout the family tree. Warren, however, didn’t have a lot of knowledge about Susan’s family.
He only knew they were country folks. Susan had been the first family member to attend college and live in a large city. At first, it didn’t appear that this would be a problem. Warren, however, eventually realized something.
Social status was never a factor for the couple. Warren never acted like a snob or elitist despite his privileged upbringing. He could never care about his partner’s history or bloodline.
He admired Susan for the talented, educated, and aspirational woman that she was. Warren did occasionally worry that his parents might have different opinions.
Susan was always reserved when it came to speaking about her upbringing and family. Warren knew very little about her family and hadn’t even met her parents despite their three years of dating.
Warren still realized that Susan was the person he wanted to spend the rest of his life with. He planned everything flawlessly but was a little worried about one person.
Stuck Between Them
Josephine Mary Gellar, Warren’s mother, had a reputation for being austere. She had expensive tastes and, to be honest, was sometimes a typical snob.
Warren sometimes felt trapped between them since Susan was the opposite, always simple and modest. Warren felt that although Susan and Josephine hadn’t had any significant arguments, their personalities might eventually clash. But it didn’t end there.
Quentin, his father, wasn’t any better. When they were discussing Warren’s relationship with Susan, Warren’s father once said something that he would never forget.
His father had hinted that although he was happy that his son was dating and having a good time with Susan, he would eventually have to think about settling down. Warren was unimpressed with Quentin’s reaction to his response.
“But dad,” Warren said. “I am serious about Susan. I am considering settling down. That’s why I’m dating her.” After he said those words, a few seconds of silence followed.
“Oh! I didn’t know it was like that. Okay then,” was all his dad said, and he immediately switched topics. Warren had the impression that his dad had been unpleasantly surprised. But that wasn’t all.
Warren’s parents had a habit of passing snide comments about Susan’s clothing and often insinuated to Warren that they felt like Susan was beneath him.
Every time this happened, Warren made clear that he found those types of comments disrespectful. But still, his parents brushed it off, saying that it was just a joke or that they just wanted the best for him.
The Big News
Despite his reservations about his parents, Warren was deeply in love with Susan. Seeking to make this love official, one day he excitedly called them with some big news.
Warren had proposed to Susan, and she said yes! His parents weren’t as excited as they ought to have been, but Warren didn’t care because he was, and that was the important thing. But that wasn’t all.
It also meant that he would finally get to meet Susan’s parents. Besides the wedding itself, that was one of the things Warren was the most excited about.
Finally, after years of mystery and secrecy that he didn’t understand all that well, he would get to know his fiancée’s parents. Little did he know of the discord those people would bring with them to the ceremony.
A Huge Event
Susan’s parents expressed their excitement for the news over a brief call with the family and humbly offered to chip in for the wedding expenses.
Being the fancy and controlling types they were, Warren’s parents refused to accept any money from the Masons. They then set about planning a lavish wedding for the couple, and Susan’s parents were relegated to being treated like ordinary guests.
They Met At Last
On the big day, like everything the Gellars did, the wedding was an opulent and over-the-top affair. In contrast, Susan had chosen a simple wedding dress, humble make-up, and a modest hairstyle; still, she looked fantastic.
However, the big shock for Warren’s parents was yet to happen. It would be Susan’s parents that would be responsible for it.
While Warren’s parents wore designer outfits, when Warren finally met Susan’s parents, he immediately saw where she got her humility from. Still, they were endearing and very likable people.
Unfortunately, not everyone felt the same way. Josephine, Warren’s mom, was being extra moody that day for some reason. It didn’t take long before problems started.
Susan Was Furious
Susan’s parents reminded Warren so much of her, and he loved their salt-of-the-earth personalities. Mr. and Mrs. Mason were dressed in humble outfits.
In contrast to the Gellars’ overpriced attire, the Masons looked very plain. Naturally, Warren didn’t have a problem with that; but someone else did. And it would turn out to be a big one.
After some champagne, Josephine’s mood worsened, and she began passing comments. Susan gave her the benefit of the doubt for a while, brushing off her comments as jokes and even teasing her back about her fancy, even over-the-top outfit.
However, this only made Josephine’s comments worse and worse. And it came to a point where Susan couldn’t keep taking it.
The Final Straw
Eventually, something happened that was the straw that broke the camel’s back for Susan. She couldn’t believe what she was hearing.
Susan was shocked and furious when Josephine actually began insinuating that the Masons should either change their “embarrassing” outfits or leave the wedding. She felt her blood boiling in her veins. How dare she say that? But that wasn’t all.
They All Left
It wasn’t just Josephine’s behavior; it was the fact that Warren’s father tried to defend it when she was confronted about it that was the last straw. However, the Masons’ reaction was something no one could have ever predicted.
The Masons never reacted with any anger or malice and chose to leave the ceremony without causing a commotion.
They Followed Them
They didn’t want any of this to ruin the couple’s day, so they tried to leave quietly. Susan was having none of it and left herself to go after them.
Warren, disgusted with his parents’ behavior, followed, leaving his own parents all by themselves at the table, baffled as they speechlessly watched the consequences of their behavior.
Warren and Susan caught up with her parents as they were leaving the parking lot. Warren apologized for his parents’ behavior.
The Masons assured him there were no hard feelings and that they were only leaving because they did not want Warren’s parents to feel uncomfortable. But there was something astonishing and admirable about the way they said it.
They seemed completely serious about it. There was no trace of resentment or anger in their expressions; all they wanted was to be left alone and not bother anyone.
Before they could leave, Susan’s dad gave Warren an envelope and said it was their wedding gift to the couple. When Warren opened it, he was stunned and confused.
The Truth About The Masons
Inside the envelope was the title deed to a house in one of the most exclusive neighborhoods in Maine.
The Masons explained that since the Gellars paid for the wedding, they decided to splurge on the wedding gift. But that wasn’t all. There was something about the Gellars that neither Warren nor his parents were aware of.
Wealth And Power
It turned out that the Masons came from a long line of cattle ranchers and supplied beef to half the supermarket chains in the country.
Shockingly, despite their humility and against anything their appearance could suggest, the Masons were actually a lot wealthier than the Gellars. They were one of the most powerful families in the whole state.
Warren pleaded for the Masons to come back inside, and they finally agreed. Once there, the two families instructed the MC to keep the guests happy for a few minutes and had a quick meeting. Warren’s parents were calmer now and even apologized for their behavior.
Warren explained who the Masons actually were. With a huge dose of humility for the Gellars after learning they were the less well-off couple, a quick truce was called, and the wedding was finally back on.
The Value of Values
The wedding ended up going smoothly from there. Afterward, the two families took some time out to get to know each other better. The Gellars ended up actually admiring the Masons for how humble they were despite their success.
The Masons explained that they had been raised that way. They valued hard work and simplicity above anything else and had raised Susan to value decency and humility above material things.
Sheeba MagazineOver time, the two families grew close and learned to respect and appreciate each other. Warren and Susan were always the glue that brought the two families together.
When they finally announced that a grandchild was on the way, both sides were ecstatic. But that wasn’t all. Warren realized something: he had learned a valuable lesson that he may not have learned otherwise.
After living with Susan long enough, Warren knew exactly how he wanted to raise their son. His wife and her parents had taught him that the most valuable assets a person could have were simply good values themselves.
In order to protect the privacy of those depicted, some names, locations, and identifying characteristics have been changed and are products of the author’s imagination. Any resemblances to actual events or places or persons, living or dead, are entirely coincidental.