Since that time, the families support various charities through their yearly reunion auction: for wounded veterans, a Down syndrome network, and other wonderful causes. People would likely find support for their charities if, in other years, family members were able to select their own cause’s financial support. This can do a lot to bring families together in a mutual interest, create a positive environment of giving and provide the joy of simply having fun together.
This was great help to me, and it made him feel necessary. He also was able to attach to our girls without being exhausted after a full day of work. It worked well both times. I appreciated his employers’ ability to give him that flexibility.
I acted naturally when I saw both of them later, he acted naturally, and all went well. They had a good, long and happy marriage and seven children. He was an excellent husband, and she loved him dearly.
He died, and, to this day, she never knew how boorish he acted toward me. She and I are still close. In short, in retrospect, my treating it lightly took him off the hook, and harmed no one.