Chapter 4

1989

So here’s the next chapter and Life is coming at Emma from all sides: work, family, her past, and her lover. The thing is her days will get worse before they get…nah, I’m not gonna say they’ll get better. That’s not how we live. We take things as they come, fix what we can, tolerate what we can’t, and keep chugging along.

One personality trait I stuck in Emma is probably funny to me alone: her technological ineptitude. She really is a Luddite when it comes to computers and such, while I have 30+ years in IT and two MIS college degrees. You may not know many social workers are IT-challenged, too, though perhaps not to Emma’s extreme. Their brains are wired to provide human services, to make personal connections through empathy and feelings, and to begin the healing where there is pain. These tools sometimes do not translate to a keyboard. Given a choice, you would want a warm human being reaching out to troubled children versus someone who excels at networks and firewalls. Trust me.

If you’re liking what you’re reading, shoot me a note. If you don’t like what you’re reading, then you can tell me what’s wrong. Either way, hope you having as much fun reading as I did writing this darn thing. Thanks!

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