Anna Spots Matt

Anna was out jogging when she spotted Matt. He was just standing there outside of what she assumed was the condo building where he lived next to a bike which was probably his. She debated whether or not to go over there and talk to him. She was still really cut up about spilling the beans about his wife, Gina’s miscarriage.

It had cost her her job. Irate, Gina had called the office and told Dr. Alvarez that Matt had found out about the miscarriage before she had a chance to tell him. After managing to calm her down, he promised her that he would look into the matter.

He had come out of his office and said to her, “I just got off the phone with Gina Tremblay. She was extremely upset because someone told her husband, Matt about the miscarriage. I know it wasn’t me or Nancy because she is on mat leave. Was it you, Anna?”

“Yes, Dr. Alvarez. I ran into Matt in the subway. I asked him how he and Gina were doing and he said that they were managing. I thought he meant that they were managing in spite of the miscarriage and I said that I knew how devastating that it must have been for both of them when she miscarried. I assumed that she had told him and when I realized that she hadn’t, it was too late. Dr. Alvarez, I’m so, so sorry. I should have kept my mouth shut. It wasn’t my business to say anything to him, even if he knew. I will never forgive myself for what I’ve done.”

Dr. Alvarez had looked very grim when, he said, “Anna, I’m afraid that I’m going to have to let you go.”

“I understand. I’ll pack up and leave now.” She had done that as the tears ran down her face as she walked out of the office for the last time. Fortunately, it was on a Friday and they usually worked half-day so no one else was there–only Dr. Alvarez and her. By the time she got to the subway, she was more composed. She went straight home.

For weeks, she just stayed in her unit, not going anywhere unless it was to the supermarket. She was down in the dumps, thinking about poor Matt and how she had turned his world upside with her thoughtless remark. He hadn’t been angry with her and had told her that she had done what Gina should have but that didn’t make her feel better. And she couldn’t blame Gina for being angry even though she should have told Matt the same day it was confirmed that she had miscarried. She often wondered why she hadn’t told him. It wasn’t any of her business of course. Come to think of it, she had never liked Gina and always thought that Matt could have done much better.

Should she go over and talk to him? She headed over to him. “Hello, Matt.”

“Hello, Anna.”

“How are you?”

“Fine. And you?”

“I’m fine.”

“I heard that you lost your job.”

“How did you hear about that?”

“Gina told me.”

“Oh.”

“I’m sorry you lost your job.”

Anna shrugged. “I did something I shouldn’t have done. Dr. Alvarez had no other choice but to fire me.”

“So, are you job hunting?”

“Not anymore. I’m a Crafts Seller now because I love making things. I’ve been selling my stuff on sites like Etsy and it has been great. I couldn’t be happier. What about you?”

“Well, Gina and I are divorced. I have full custody of our son, Cameron.”

“Oh. I’m sorry about you and Gina.” She wasn’t but it seemed like the proper thing to say. “Divorce isn’t a nice thing.”

“No, it isn’t but sometimes, it’s the best thing.”

“How has your son been coping now that you and his mother are divorced?”

“He’s coping very well. I think it’s because he’s living with me now and he really likes his new daycare.”

“Good. As long as he’s doing well, that’s all that matters. Where’s he now?”

“He’s with his mother.”

“Oh. Is this your bike?”

“Yes. I’m going for a ride.”

“Whereabouts?”

“To Earl Bales Park.”

“That’s a great ride and on such a beautiful day too.”

He smiled for the first time since their interaction. “Yes, it is.”

“Well, don’t let me keep you then. Have a safe ride.”

“Thanks.”

“‘Bye, Matt.”

“‘Bye, Anna.”

She turned and jogged back in the direction from which she came.

Sources: Zen Business; Exercise.com

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