Second Chances 101 by Donna K. Weaver
Thirty seven year old Francie Davis, a recent widow and empty nester, gets to attend college at last. She’s sure her luck has changed when she also lands a job on campus that will pay her tuition, as administrative assistant to a history professor. When her handsome new boss yells at her on the first day of work, Francie worries she will never be good enough.
For Professor Alex Diederik, life is going downhill fast. Not only is his bitter ex-wife trying to poison their only daughter against him, but now his one place of solace—his work environment—is being complicated by his attractive new administrative assistant. She drives home his feelings of failure as a husband and father, and Alex wonders if hiring her was the right thing to do.
Francie will have to put aside her hurt and insecurities or risk her dreams, while Alex must look outside himself if he’s to mend the breach with his daughter. And, perhaps, find someone who can help heal his pain.
Author Donna K. Weaver
Donna K. Weaver has always loved reading and creating stories, thus she’s been ever entertained. An avid cruiser, she’s sailed the Pacific five times. Wife-mother-grandmother-Army veteran-karate black belt-Harry Potter nerd.
As I’ve been thinking about what to write for this, my mind has continued to come back to certain situations. As a single stone dropped in calm water causes ever broadening ripple effects, so can the way our lives interweave with the lives of others. There’s just such a subtle (I hope) interweaving in Second Chances 101.
As for my real life, I’ve had several such incidents. As the daughter of a career Navy man, I’ve lived all over the world. When I was eleven, we had just moved to the Philippines to live for two years. Not long before sixth grade began, I was at the base pool trying to give my friend Cary the courage to jump off the high dive. She did–right on my head. I found myself in an ambulance on the way to the hospital.
Jump ahead six years. I had graduated early from high school and attended college for a semester which ended two months before my high school class graduated. I decided to visit a high school friend I’d known on Treasure Island in San Francisco. When I went with Rhonda to her high school play, I recognized Cary’s name on the program. Not only had her father been stationed on T.I., but Cary and Rhonda had become friends–and now we were friends together.
This kind of thing has happened to me on several occasions, one just recently. An older couple (not elderly) came into my office for assistance. We got to chatting because my maiden name is the same as their name, and I wondered if we could be related.
As I wrote down information from the wife’s driver’s license, I realized I recognized her name. I paused and looked between her and the name. She said, then, that I seemed familiar. And it clicked. I glanced at her husband and asked if he had ever lived in Wyoming. He gave me a funny look and confirmed that he had and named the town. I knew then who he was.
I looked at his wife and told her that the last time I’d seen her she had been seventeen. They had been newlyweds at the time and had run a summer theater. I started naming plays they had done, and his eyes got wide and he grinned. The three of us then had a lovely walk down memory lane.
I posted about the experience on Facebook and, low and behold, a fellow writer immediately recognized the man’s name. He had been her theater professor and had cast her and an unknown male student together in a play. She married that fellow cast member.
How many people (and precious memories) do we unknowingly have in common with others in our lives? How many times is a ripple effect happening that we’re completely unaware of? I would suggest that it’s more often than we realize.
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