Jerry’s pulse raced as he jumped out of the plane. He tried to deploy his parachute. When the rip cord wouldn’t work, he panicked as the ground rushed up at him. As he fell, his life flashed before him. He remembered the words his wife had said the day before.
“You don’t love me anymore and you don’t love our baby,” she had said, as she rubbed her growing belly.
“But I do love you, honey,” he had said, as he answered his cell phone.
“Hello Bill, I have the papers right here. I can come over now, if you would like,” he had said as he headed to his car.
When he had come home later that night there was a note on his pillow.
“I wish we could go back to the days when you loved me so much you would do anything for me. But it has become clear that all you want is money and fame. I hardly see you and I don’t even know you anymore. I’ll be at mom’s house, if you care. Mary,” the note said.
The ink was runny from her tears.
His cell phone had rung and he had forgotten the note.
“Mr. Jayce wants you to go sky diving with him tomorrow,” Bill had said.
“I’ll do anything to make this merger happen. What time would he like to go?” he had asked.
Now as he fell to the ground, he remembered the look on Mary’s face when he had rushed off .
“If only I had listened to her,” he thought to himself.
He snapped back to reality, closed his eyes, and tried the rip cord again.
“God, don’t let me die,” he prayed.
A few minutes later he opened his eyes. He was gently floating to the ground. Once he landed, he thought about Mary. Tears came to his eyes as he realized what he had done to her. Sure they had a beautiful house and two BMW’s in the garage, but that didn’t make him happy. The life he had before he became CEO in his company was so much better. They didn’t have a beautiful house or a nice car, but they had each other. Now he had the fortune he’d always wanted, but not the life he wanted.
“Mr. Jayce is waiting for you in the conference room,” Bill said after they had gotten back to the office.
Jerry didn’t say anything.
“Jerry, this will bring you and this company a lot of money,” Bill said.
“I need to find my wife,” Jerry said.
“But Mr. Jayce won’t wait any longer. We need to do it now,” Bill said.
“I have to find my wife,” Jerry said as he went out the door.
“But Jerry,” Bill called after him.
He drove to Mary’s mom’s house and knocked on the door. Mary answered it. Her eyes were puffy and she looked tired and sad. She brightened a little when he took her hand.
“Can we work this out?” he asked.
“I don’t know,” she said.
“Mary I love you. You are the most important person in my life. It’s lonely being in that big house all by myself. I want you and I want my life before the promotion back. I want to be there for our baby. Please give me a second chance. I promise I won’t disappoint you,” he said.
Mary’s eyes softened and she squeezed his hand.
“I will change, I promise. I love you and not having you in my life is no life at all,” he said.
Mary smiled and looked at him. He could see a twinkle in her eye. He took her hands in his and kissed her.
“I love you,” Jerry said.
“I love you too,” Mary said.
A few months later Jerry smiled at the new bundle of life he held in his arms.
“I promise I’ll love you and your mommy always. You two are the most important people in my life,” he whispered.
He looked over at his sleeping wife and smiled. He had a loving wife and a new little girl, what more could he want? That was all he needed to give him the life he had always wanted.
“Thank you God for helping me get my life back,” he prayed.
His cell phone rang, but he had more important things to do. He turned it off and sang a lullaby, as he rocked his little girl to sleep.
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