Love Poems and Sad Stories - New York, New York

New York, New York

New York City Montage
New York City Montage
The Statue of Liberty
The Statue of Liberty
The Empire State Building
The Empire State Building
Rockefeller Center
Rockefeller Center
Central Park
Central Park
Newburgh, New York
Newburgh, New York
1964 Chevrolet Impala Super Sport - My first car.
1964 Chevrolet Impala Super Sport - My first car.

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The following short story is taken from the book "Love Poems and Sad Stories" by rjsadowski.

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It is 1963.

The young boy from (Sad Stories - Halloween) has grown up and has graduated from college. Because he failed to pass his pre-employment physical for being overweight, he is forced to take a job with another company more than 1200 miles away from home in Newburgh, New York.

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Since he is now only 65 miles from New York City, he decides to fulfill his mother's life long dream and bring her to New York.

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New York, New York

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It hadn’t been easy leaving his family and friends and moving half way across the country to Newburgh, New York after he had graduated from college, but it was the only job offer that he had gotten. There hadn’t been a lot of opportunities in Wisconsin for Chemical Engineers and Dupont had made him an offer that he couldn’t refuse.

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The company had paid his plane fare and his hotel bills until he had found an apartment. He had walked to work the first year until he saved up enough money to make a down payment on his first car. It was a brand new 1964 Impala Super Sport and he was anxious to show it to his mother and father.

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It had been very difficult spending his first Christmas away from home, but he wouldn’t accumulate any vacation time until he had worked for one year and Christmas happened to fall in the middle of the week that year. When he finally made it home the second year, he had decided to surprise his mother by telling her that she would finally get her chance to see New York City. All of her life she had dreamed of seeing New York, but she never had enough money to do any more than just dream about it.

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Now he could finally grant her wish. He currently lived about sixty five miles north of New York City and it would be easy enough for him to make the arrangements for a hotel where they could stay. He would pay for the plane tickets so it was only a matter of convincing his father to go.

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His father had never flown and didn’t like to travel except to visit relatives, but he reluctantly agreed to go. Now it was just a matter of arranging for a hotel in Manhattan and buying the plane tickets. He would pick his parents up at the airport and drive them into town. Since he didn’t know the city that well, he decided to let a local travel agent make the arrangements and he would send the airline tickets to his parents.

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Fortunately there was a regional airport very close to where his parents lived and his mother had once flown there from Milwaukee with her sister Isabel. He would give them instructions on how to change planes in Chicago,

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He began to make plans for the things they might want to do while they were there. Of course they should see the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty. Rockefeller Center and Central Park are also must-sees. His mother would be amazed by the shopping along Fifth Avenue. Maybe a walk through Tiffanies to see the beautiful jewelry that she would never own. His dad wouldn’t be that thrilled, but the trip was really meant to fulfill his mother’s dream not his dad’s.

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He was unprepared when the telephone call came from his father. "Your mother is in the hospital. You had better cancel the trip." His father said. " What happened?" he had asked. "We were coming home from shopping and a car cut in front of us. I had to brake suddenly and your mother flew up against the instrument panel. The doctor said that she broke her hip and they will have to operate and install an artificial joint. She may never walk again." He was in shock. Suddenly, all of his plans were meaningless. Instead of a trip to New York, he would be making plans to fly home to see his mother.

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Fortunately, he had only arranged for airline tickets and hotel reservations. The next day he went to the travel agent and told him that he had to cancel the reservations because his mother was in the hospital and couldn’t travel. " What do you mean you have to cancel your reservations?’ the man had said indignantly. "The hotel reservations are nonrefundable. Who is going to pay for them? Why can’t they come?"

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"My mother broke her hip" he tried to explain. " It will be months before she can travel, if indeed she can ever travel again." The travel agent was not at all sympathetic. "Who is going to pay for the hotel bill?" he repeated adamantly. " I’ll Pay", he replied.

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It is now 1973. The young man has changed employers and is living near Detroit which is only 600 miles from home. His mother's health has gradually declined since she broke her hip so that now she is confined to bed.

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The boy makes the 12 hour drive home as often as possible to see his mother. When the call comes from his father saying "Your mother is in the hospital. You had better come home. She is dying.", it is not totally unexpected. He realizes that this is "The Beginning of the End".

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