Boomer Lit Friday is a project by a Goodreads group to introduce readers to works of fiction of particular interest to Baby Boomers. These books feature characters in their fifties and sixties dealing with real life issues. Every Friday the Boomer Lit Friday Blog will list a selection of short, relevant excerpts for readers to enjoy.
On a foggy Cape Cod evening, Guy, a retired fisherman, waits for his lover to drive down from Boston as he talks with his son Hugh about life and love.
From My Last Romance in My Last Romance & other passions: Eight Love Stories:
He measures French Roast into the pleated paper liner and pours water from the plastic jug into the back of the machine. It’s fully dark out now. The only sound is the incoming tide sucking at the pilings, the moan of the foghorns, and the drip of the coffee.
"I did love your Mom, Hugh. And I expect we were happy most of the time. We fought some and there were times when I wondered what in hell I’d gotten myself into. But I was off on Georges Bank a lot. It was pretty much always the same... When I’d be heading out I was happy as hell to get away from the house and by the time I got back I was damn glad your Mom and you kids were there waiting for me. It wasn’t perfect—but it was good."
Hugh swivels back and forth in his chair. "You never cheated on her?"
The coffee hasn’t finished dripping but Guy decides he can’t wait—where the hell did that come from? Swiftly switching an empty cup for the half filled pot he pours steaming coffee into his mug switches them back and adds the little bit in the cup to his mug. He opens his bottom desk drawer and fetches the bottle of bourbon he keeps there for emergencies. This is starting to feel like an emergency. He adds a shot to his mug.