Out of the deepest grief comes the greatest love ... Lee Reston, a widow in her mid-forties, had a full and rewarding life with her three incredible children and a thriving florist business. And like most of us, Lee never imagined how she would cope if that which was most precious was taken... read more
It started out as a fairly normal thing. Chris Lallek, an young cop, was the one who lent his best friends' mother, Lee Reston, his strength while they dealt with the loss of her son (and Chris's best friend), Greg. Chris had never known a parents' love - his parents were both alcoholics -... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
It started out as a fairly normal thing. Chris Lallek, an young cop, was the one who lent his best friends' mother, Lee Reston, his strength while they dealt with the loss of her son (and Chris's best friend), Greg. Chris had never known a parents' love - his parents were both alcoholics - and he craved the warmth of this loving woman and her family. However, the awareness of them being "a man and a woman" began a few weeks later. Although each tried in their own way to resist the pull, by around Thanksgiving their feelings won out. But there was 15 years between their ages; Lee was 45 and Chris was just 30. And to make things worse, Lee's 23-year old daughter Janice had told Lee that she had wanted to date Chris since she'd met him! Those ages were much more appropriate, in Lee's mind.
“Life is so full of sorrow, and we've had our share, haven't we, little one? But we'll weather this one, too. We know we can because we've done it before.”Lloyd to Lee after Greg's death.
“If it'll make you feel better, promise yourself that from now on, you'll tell people how they matter to you. If you love someone, tell him.”Lee to Chris, on losing Greg.
“I've been through this before, I'm an old hand at handling grief, and I know there's a good year or more of it ahead for both of us. I also know that it doesn't always strike you conveniently when you're off duty, or during daylight hours, or in the privacy of your own home. Grief is an ill-mannered bastard. It strikes you when you least expect it to.”Lee to Chris
“"I just wanted to tell you one thing. Funerals aren't bad, Chris. If you think about it, they're really for the living.”Lee to Chris
“Sometimes we've got to do things whether we're bummed out or not. I didn't mind doing it, but you're right. You and Joey should have helped her today. She needed you.”Chris to Janice
“Well, let me add a new wrinkle.”Chris to Lee
“I imagine women can do some pretty dumb things when a younger man pays them some attention after years of none at all.”Lee to Chris
“A perfect marriage doesn't mean the people in it are perfect. Usually it means that they both overlook each other's imperfections.”Lee to Chris
“---- But pay attention, will you, after I go back for third quarter?”Janice to her brother, Joey
“How can any marriage possibly last, given the divorce rate in this country? If you love somebody, you have faith in them, you marry them assuming it will last because you've both said it will.”Lee to her mother and sister, Sylvia
“Yes, I suppose you do. I've been around so long, what other choice do you have?”Lloyd to Lee at supper.
“Tell him hi from me. And if he says yes, tell him he better be able to pee in the toilet bowl without getting any on the floor if he knows what's good for him.”joey to Lee on the phone.
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