My Holiday Reunion
Christmas is the season of second chances.
I’m not the same guy I was growing up, but I have some apologies to make for being him.
My fifteen-year high school reunion reminds me of my biggest regret.
Walking away from the love of my life to chase my career.
By doing so, I fell in love with another woman, had a little boy, and life mended itself.
Until my wife passed away.
Love can suck it. I’m not interested anymore.
And yet the minute I see my childhood sweetheart at our reunion, the ice melts inside my chest.
But she hates my guts for leaving her without a goodbye when we were kids, and I can’t blame her.
An unexpected chain of events has her in an accident and without her memory for a short time.
As much as I hate myself for doing it, I tell her she watches my son and works for me.
I just need time to help her remember how much we loved each other.
It’s not right, but she’s always been mine.
I can’t keep up the lie forever, but before I reveal what I’ve done, maybe she’ll see the man I am today.
Different. Strong. Completely in love with her.
Or maybe she’ll recognize the truth.
I haven’t changed at all.