Four Young Boys Growing Up in America, Part 2 (from Aging Capriciously)

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.  […]

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5 Responses to Four Young Boys Growing Up in America, Part 2 (from Aging Capriciously)

  1. iidorun says:

    Good reblog, Jane. This is the reality in the USA where we have people who value guns over other people. The issue of racism also comes into play here. A very sad story about our current state of affairs.

    • Jane Fritz says:

      Thanks, Irma. That’s what’s so horrifying about Part 2, which wasn’t what I had expected at all; it actually does ring true. God help us. And I agree with you about racism playing a part in this sorry “culture”. Racism, very sadly, can be found in nearly every part of the world in some form or other, but if the public rhetoric is one of acceptance and inclusion, those voices can be marginalized and society can move forward. And surely it would help defuse the epidemic of shootings in the US if everyone weren’t armed. No-one outside the US can understand it. 😥

  2. Okay, this is not where I saw these 4 stories going but it is very powerful. I can’t imagine another country in the world, that was not actively at war, where 4 men of such different means and abilities could have their lives ended at 33 by guns. It is a horror.

    • Jane Fritz says:

      I know, me neither. My jaw literally dropped. Even after the first two met their demise I had hopes for the other two. For me the most frightening part is that although it is fiction it rings true. That simply should not be the case.

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