’Close your eyes
Have no fear
The monster’s gone
He’s on the run and your daddy’s here
Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful
-- John Lennon Beautiful Boy
This is a love story in the traditional sense, boy meets girl, and so on, but also it is a love story of a parent’s love of their child, a love of life and making sure the ones you love know that they are loved. And not just loved, but worthy of love no matter how fallible we all are.
Rob - as in the “boy” who meets Anna, the “girl” - shares his story, a likeable guy who is smitten by Anna early on. Rob is creative, his two other loves beside Anna are photography and computers. He is working on some new computer programs, and will become successful over time, always coming up with ideas for programs. Anna is very practical, all about numbers, accounting, her feet solidly on the ground of things that are consistent and provable. They marry, and after some time, a third love enters the picture. Jack.
Jack, their lovely little baby boy that joins them after two miscarriages. Their world changes, their focus on this new addition, especially for Rob, who has made the decision to be the one to stay home and care for Jack, working from home. As Jack grows there are the normal changes that come with time, and normal childhood. He is their beautiful boy.
Childhood, life at any age really, is an adventure, sometimes fraught with danger. The majority of days have an aura of sameness to them, a bit boring - until they are faced with news that will shatter them. Responses to life-changing news varies. Denial, obsessively searching for answers, trying anything, everything to rewrite the outcome are easier than acceptance. Acceptance requires acknowledgement, but first there is a sense of denial, anger, depression, or bargaining. It’s a process, and we frequently find it hard to relate to the different paths others take to get to the same point. Sometimes that process divides us, and our paths diverge.
Still, the story remains unchanged, but we have been changed.