Another Man's Son
Richard L. Provencher
For 3 years, Sheldon has been the man of the house since his father separated and moved to Toronto. All of a sudden, without a letter or phone call, he wants back in the picture. What’s going to happen with Sheldon’s friend Larry, who has been a surrogate father, taking the boy on many outings?
"Why does dad have to come back?" The look Sheldon gave his mom was withering as he waited impatiently for an answer. He knew his mother was nervous. She always looked around the room when stumbling for words.
Just the other day they talked about dad being transferred here after taking off three years ago. Sheldon often wondered if he would ever return. Why did it have to be now? He kept his eyes steady, and tried not to stare. It was sad watching his mother's discomfort. Maybe this wasn't the right time to ask. But he had to know her thoughts
"Mommm?" an impatient whine dragged on his tongue.
"Sheldon, you and I did discuss it..."
"Yah, but mom... maybe I changed my mind, okay?"
“He wants to spend some time with you. This summer," she quickly added. “Besides, you did agree.”