Now we come to Part 2 of John Persico’s tale of the four boys. You don’t have to wait a week wondering what happened to them like I did, instead you can have a week to think about it afterwards. He provides us with a potent message. What optional endings might we come up with?!
(If you haven’t read Part 1 you’ll want to start with Four Boys – Part 1.)
Twenty years have gone by since we have left our four young men. They have now each reached their 32nd year of life. Not one of them will see their 33rd year of life.
Whitaker had achieved everything his parents had wanted him to. He had gone to college, taken over the family business, got married to a beautiful young debutante and now had two young children. The oldest, a girl, was nine years old and a boy seven years old. Whitaker loved his wife and children very much. Like his parents, Whitaker joined the prestigious country club and was head of the planning committee for events.
The investment business was going very well, and his many clients were always pleased with the way that that their accounts were growing. Whitaker seemed to have a magic touch. Everything that was bronze or copper, he could turn into silver or gold. His family life was also picture perfect. Two very well-mannered children and a stay at home wife who alternated time between home and working on various local committees to help the less fortunate in the community. […]