The Question and Answer section for Ursula Le Guin: Short Stories is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
What short story are you referring to?
The narrator describes her husband as a good husband and father. He is happy, easygoing, loved to play with his children, and yet, we perceive by her use of the past tense, that everything didn't turn out the way she planned.l
The father frightens his children at night, and then tries to convince the child it was all a bad dream.