Untenable

Untenable

by

Roman Scott

I don’t remember this man’s name. But this happened while I was a rideshare driver. I was on the northside of the city and I got a ping. A man opened the front passenger side door. He ducked down and said.

“May I sit in the front?” He asked. He was striking, he wasn’t tall but he was dressed in a blue suit. His hair was a bright red and his skin was extremely pale.

“Yes, absolutely,” I said.

The Man got in the car. I knew where he wanted to go, it was loading into google maps.

“How are you doing tonight?” I said. The Man smiled regretfully. He didn’t speak. This made me look at him.

“Things aren’t going so great.” He said.

“Did you want to talk about it? I asked. He hesitated.

“I think I’m going to have to break up with my girlfriend.” He said resigned.

“Do you not love her? Did she do something?”

“No she’s great, I love her very much.” He said. I looked at him as he said this. It was true.

“I have type one diabetes, my girlfriend has multiple sclerosis, she wants to have a baby. We both have serious medical conditions and I don’t think it’s fair to bring a child into the world that could have one or both of our diseases,” He said.

“What about adoption?” I said.

“She wants to have her own child.”

“What are you going to do?” I said.

“I don’t know, it’s an untenable situation.” He said.

“I’m sorry,” I said

He chuckled without humor. “So am I.” He said.

One thought on “Untenable

  1. Great story and one that hits me close to home as well. That always makes for something fantastic, understanding the situation, empathizing and then acceptance.

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