This is an excerpt from Finding Sam. Lenny is speaking to Sam about not forgetting but embracing his past. This may be one of my favorite scenes in the book. Enjoy!
“My wife was a nutcase. She had to be to marry someone like me. Her family was from old money so when her daddy passed, she inherited a big chunk of money. We wanted to settle somewhere safe and small since Cait found out she was pregnant. We found Sterling, bought a house, and then Cait surprised me and bought the store…said it was an investment. We ran it together which worked out since she sold her paintings from the back room.
“When she died, I almost sold the place. Every piece of wood in the store had a memory attached to it. Every bit of inventory had her fingerprints glued to them. But Isadora convinced me to keep it saying Cait would want to keep the memories alive. She was right.”
“You can’t guilt me into staying with your sad story,” I tell him. How dare he try to manipulate me? The truth is, it’s working. I don’t want the place to go away. I don’t want him to sell it. I want to keep his memory alive. But I can’t. Me as a person can’t handle this sort of commitment.
“I’m not trying to, son. I just want you to understand the meaning. It’s not just a store to me. I’m sure you have memories of your family. Don’t forget them. Embrace them and let them shape you. Come here.” He waves me over. I walk around the counter and stop beside him.
“See that?” He points at the counter where there’s a scribble underneath the calendar. “That’s from the first day Cait and I opened. And this?” He points to a signature underneath the table. I bend down, but fail to read it. “Izzy signed that when she was big enough to write.”
“I get what you’re saying.”
“Make your own memories, Sam. Stop living in the past and embrace your future.”
© Taylor Lavati 2017
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