The rough and unready

February 14. Valentine’s Day.
The first telegram announced the birth of his daughter.
The second telegram told him to come home.
His wife was dying. And so was his mother.
Five hours later, he arrived home
He went back and forth, unsure of who to comfort more.
First, his mother died. And then his wife.
He sold the house, and his sister raised the baby.
Alice, named after her mother, but he called her Baby Lee.
They say that no matter how wide his smile, you could still see the sadness in his eyes.
He remarried, but never loved again.

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