As the miles tick off, an easy smile keeps creeping across his face. The positive energy seems almost tangible. Six months had passed since they had time to get back to the folks’ place. As they ride, it has been in silence as they were both reflecting and decompressing.
“Have you talked with her this week?”
“No she was working either working at the print shop or she was at the other job. “
“She should be with us she works too hard.”
“You’re one to talk- over 100 hours this pay period”. All at once she could console and reprimand him.
As they pull into the long dirt road that leads to the lake, he stops to check for animals. As they slowly traverse the bumpy road they look at the forest around them. Cresting the last hill the lake appears beneath them. Standing on the porch he can see mom and dad. He has the familiar flannel shirt and wrangler jeans he always does. In her hand are a couple of fishing poles. “You know what I like, Mom,” he yells shutting the car door.
“I know what you need. She told me about what you have been doing.”
“Oh, not you too.”
“You really think you came up with the idea to come down here?” Dad joined in.
It wasn’t long until he was standing on the lake shore with fishing pole in hand. Two hundred acres of heaven where life was completely different surrounded him. Everyone was right, that’s just what he needed. “Dad, the lake looks a little bigger. Is it me or has it been awhile?”
“No, it’s bigger. We knocked over a half acre of the pine, dug down a bit. We have some big ones down there,” he said with a smile. The smell of charcoal was filling the air. Heading back to the lake house, he didn’t even realize how far his troubles were.
Sitting there by the campfire he is holding her in his arms. “How am I supposed to have grandchildren with you working all the time?” Mom asks.
“We are working on it.”
“I didn’t need to know that,” Dad adds in.
“I guess since your other daughter works so hard we are your only hope. “ They all share a laugh as the fire dies down. Sitting there surrounded by family with her in his arms he can’t help but think, sometimes you’re born into a great family. But sometimes you’re lucky enough to marry the woman of your dreams and the family you always wanted.
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