Episode 21: Life without Sam

It’s amazing what one man can do with a box of rice. That is, if that one man is lonely enough, and desperate, and feeling the need simply to keep the wolf from the door.

Harry is all of the above. All he asks, at this point in a foolishly misspent life, is to stay alive a little while longer with as little effort as possible. Luckily for him, rice will do the trick.

The truth is Harry is weighed down with guilt for having single-handedly destroyed the best thing that ever happened to him. Sam … he weeps at the very mention of her name. Such a tidy woman, so true to her principles, such a gifted cook. Such memories: sweet potato fritters crackling in hot bacon grease, chicken pot pie fresh from the oven, corn tourte, baked cauliflower, Bohemian beer bread.

‘Beer,’ ugh…there’s that word, again. Harry groans, momentarily transported to the infamous ballpark. Could it really have been all that bad? Yes, truthfully, it could. But what do twenty-five beer-guzzling sports fiends have stacked up against the only woman you’ve ever loved?

A vision of Sam in her tank top, winding up on the pitcher’s mound, returns in all its glory. So sad, so sad, the foolish loss of love.

Previously on The Rocky Road of Love… Episode 1: One Fine Day. Episode 2: Fate and Chèvre. Episode 3: The Rocky Road Ahead. Episode 4: Could This Be Lunch? Episode 5: I Only Have Eyes for Stew. Episode 6: Harry in Love. Episode 7: Dinner for Two. Episode 8: Sam, Line 2. Episode 9: Romance at Home. Episode 10: Barbecue, Beans, and Slow-Pitch Softball. Episode 11: Play Ball! Episode 12: How ‘Bout Them Dawgs! Episode 13: Mercy! Episode 14: Harry Gets Mad! Episode 15: Harry and the Hopelessly Inadequate Ballet Buffet. Episode 16: And Now Sam’s Mad! Episode 17: The Last Goodbye. Episode 18: The Big Breakup. Episode 19: Chocolate on Her Mind. Episode 20: Life without Harry.

Up next … Episode 22: Of Rice and Men.

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