The Second Chance

The joy of a new love, a new family and creating a new marriage are encapsulated in this story. In this busy era we live in, finding love is still an intoxicating experience that is shared by two people….

I opened the blue envelope carefully.  I knew the card was coming because my son had already called to wish us a Happy Anniversary. Newly engaged, he and his fiancé share three kids between them. As I removed the sparkly card, I looked at the colorful flowers and cheery greeting on the front. Turning to the second page, there were five names and was signed by my son. For the first time, he included ALL of their names because they will soon be a new family.

Tears welled in my eyes, my husband’s too, as we gazed at the signatures.  Memories of the last three years went through my head flashing back to the sadness my son had endured and the break up of his family. He truly had always enjoyed his role as the Family Man. I thank God for this “second chance” and the joy it will bring.

One of the old Jimmy Stewart films has a poignant line that explains my thoughts. When asked by his boss to eliminate family time on an important weekend with his kids, Jimmy says, “You know that family guy I was telling you about last week?  Well, that man is me, and going to my kid’s baseball game is the most important job I have today. So, no, I can’t come in to work today.”

Of course, we working adults all know the possible ramifications from his choice, but he does make a point. Choices, circumstances, and divorce can all throw a curve ball into family time and the health of the family!

I can hear the joy my son feels telling us about an activity they all enjoy together even if it’s just popcorn and a rented movie.  He is even thrilled to trim trees, go shopping and take the kids to school. In other words, my son is a family man again.  I truly believe it’s his favorite title.

This second chance makes a lot of people happy . . . especially his mother.

About the Author

Maryann Hartzell-Curran, a retired educator and counselor, has written a personal account of her journey through the first year of grieving the loss of her husband in her book, “From We to Me,” to help support those who have suffered the loss of a loved one.
Maryann founded a successful family therapy practice and taught in the public and private sectors. She also founded and directed a church-based preschool in Lombard, Ill., and gained experience working with the elderly as director of a senior dining center. She has a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Wisconsin and a master’s degree in counseling from Illinois Benedictine University.

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