A Sweet Love Story in Three Short Chapters

Chapter One

Do you believe in destiny? How about fate? Destiny sounds hopeful and wishful, while fate smacks of disappointment. If you're tracing life’s trajectory, try drawing a direct line to the moment when your destiny was determined. Not easy, is it? Now do fate; look for the exact moment when fate reared its ugly head. Destiny and fate are two sides of the same coin.

Chapter Two

After graduating from Cornell, my peers launched their careers in vibrant cities across the country — Chicago, Boston, New Orleans, New York. Me, on the other hand: I moved into my grandmother’s screened-in porch and slept on a beat-up Lazy Boy reeking of cigars. While most 20-somethings explored brewpubs and ballparks and queued up for concerts and Sunday brunch, I chauffeured my grandmother to Wegmans and took long, meandering walks down by the railroad tracks along the lake.

Chapter Three

Thirty years later I am standing on my patio staring at an IPhone propped up on the picnic table. I haven't had a real haircut in twelve months. Emily is turning 52 and our daughter Bella has arranged for thirty-five of her closest friends and relatives to crowdsource a surprise Tribute video. The prompt is something simple like “think of something nice to say about Emily.”

Writer, satirist, youth sports coach, dad, and owner of www.JAYS2GO.com, a dinner delivery service in Denver, Colorado.

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store