By Byron Moore, posted June 25, 2018
Originally published in the News Star and the Shreveport Times on Sunday, June 24, 2018.
She had promised herself she wouldn’t cry in my office.
“What was he thinking?” she asked, taking a deep breath and pausing to hold back the tears.
It wasn’t supposed to end this way. Her husband had started his business from scratch, striking out on his own when he was just 32. They worked as a team to raise a family and start a business. It was so tight in those early years, but all she could remember were the good times.
Within ten years he was hiring more staff and opening a second location to serve the needs to a growing clientele. He was a supplier to a specialty niche in his industry and he became known for his responsiveness and customer service.
For years the business had been successful, as far as she knew. There was always enough money and even though his travel schedule was at times demanding, he seemed to strike a balance between hard work and time with her.