A man who lost his beloved wife years ago falls in love again but is afraid to tell his son about it. But one night, he finds the courage to confront his son, whose reaction leaves him stunned.
After losing his wife Nicole years ago in a fatal car accident, Gilbert was forced to raise his son, Ethan, on his own. Ethan was only five when it all happened and Gilbert had closed his heart to love after that.
However, years later, when Ethan was 14, Gilbert’s heart fluttered for a working woman named Carrie. She was so gorgeous that Nicole and Gilbert developed a crush on her in no time.
But every time he wanted to take a step towards her, Gilbert felt like he was cheating on Nicole. He and Nicole were college sweethearts who fell in love at first sight, got married soon after, and raised a happy family.
But a fatal accident turned their lives upside down and Gilbert struggled to come to terms with Nicole’s death. When he finally decided to give love another chance, he worried about what Ethan would think of him…
Several years after Nicole’s death, Gilbert found love again. | Source: Pexel
“Maybe we’re going too fast,” Gilbert told Carrie one day over coffee. He had managed to work up the courage to tell her about his feelings two weeks ago when they had gone out for an office dinner. She had blushed and confessed that she loved him too.
“If you think you need time, Gilbert, I’ll tell you again that I’m in no hurry,” she assured, taking his hand in hers. “I too would hate to rush things. Besides, I want Ethan to accept me completely.
“You know I don’t want to hide anything from you,” Gilbert continued, “and I would be lying if I said I was absolutely sure I wanted to give our relationship a chance. I must have thought about it many times before you confess my feelings. I wonder how Ethan will react to that,” he said.
Although Carrie was never in Gilbert’s shoes, losing someone she loved so much, she was very sympathetic to him. “I’m willing to give you and Ethan all the time you need, Gilbert,” she said. ” Trust me. There is no rush on my part…”
Carrie assured Gilbert that she didn’t want to rush things. | Source: Pexel
That night, Gilbert couldn’t get their conversation out of his head. Carrie was doing everything she could to make sure he was comfortable enough to enter into a new relationship, but he still hadn’t figured out how he would tell Ethan about it.
After a few days of deep reflection, Gilbert made up his mind. He was ready to start a new chapter with Carrie and give her the place she deserved in his life. He also decided to tell Ethan and he finally got his chance a few days later.
“I just wanted my son to know what was going on in his dad’s life…It’s like…I have someone in my life, Ethan.”
It turns out that the day before he decided to talk to Ethan, Gilbert dreamed of Nicole. He was nervously telling her about his new life with Carrie and how he planned to tell Ethan about it. He also apologized profusely to her for giving another woman a place in his heart.
But Nicole smiled at him and said, “You have to let go of the past to make the present better for you and Ethan, Gilbert. I always look down on you both. Whatever you decide, I believe in you.”
Gilbert shared a close bond with Ethan and feared spoiling it by telling him about Carrie. | Source: Pexel
The next evening, after dinner, Gilbert finally confronted Ethan about the new woman in his life…
“Do you mind if I talk to you for a minute, Ethan?” he asked, knocking on the door of his son’s slightly ajar room.
“Of course, dad. What’s new ? »
“It’s just…” Gilbert paused. He approached Ethan’s bedside and took his hand in his. “Listen, Ethan, what I’m about to tell you right now is not mandatory for you. I’m not putting any pressure on you. I just wanted my son to know what was going on in his father’s life. . …
“…I have someone in my life, Ethan, whom I love the same way I adored your mother, and she would also love to be a part of your life if you only really wanted her to be there. for you .”
As Gilbert finished, Ethan stared at him. Gilbert was sure the boy would yell at him and refuse to accept Carrie, but he suddenly smiled and said, “You could just say you have a girlfriend, daddy! That’s cool with me. After all, I know you were alone after mom left us. She would have hated to see you like this.
Gilbert’s eyes widened. “Do you mind if I go out with someone?”
Ethan was very supportive of Gilbert’s decision. | Source: Pexel
“Of course not, Dad! It’s your life, and you have a right to be happy. And I’m glad you consider me a part of it all. I love you, Dad. I’ll be happy if you are happy !”
“Oh, come here!” Gilbert hugged Ethan and started crying.
“Dad, you’re getting so emotional!” Ethan burst out laughing. “Also, dad, I’m just saying whoever that woman is, I mean… It might take me a while to adjust to the new normal, but that doesn’t mean I don’t support not your decision. I just need time, okay?”
“Thank you very much, Ethan. You’re free to take as much time as you want. There’s no need to rush…”
A few days later, Gilbert decided to introduce Carrie to Ethan, and to his surprise, they got along so well that they went after Gilbert together for fun!
“Oh! Your dad sucks, Ethan! I can’t believe I fell in love with him! Carrie laughed. She was watching a show on Netflix with Ethan and Gilbert had no idea!
Ethan and Carrie got along very well. | Source: Pexel
“Is not it!” Ethan sighed. “Hey, dad! Stop embarrassing me in front of your girlfriend! You can do better,” he whispered to Gilbert, but Carrie heard him. She met Ethan’s gaze and they burst out laughing at Gilbert.
Carrie became a part of Gilbert and Ethan’s lives in no time. And the best part is that she never pressured Ethan to consider her a mother. Instead, she told him to take things at his own pace and that she would wait until he was ready to accept her as his mother.
What can we learn from this story?
- Children must learn to respect and support their parents’ choices and give them the space they deserve. Ethan was a wonderful son who recognized that his father also needed someone by his side. The new change was not easy for him, but he decided to support his father’s decision.
- Moving on is a sign of healing; it does not mean ignoring the people we have lost. Although Gilbert has decided to move on with Carrie, that doesn’t mean he hasn’t missed Nicole or forgotten about her. It’s just that he has healed from his loss and accepted a fresh start.
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