Scene 1 - Therapist’s Office
Jason was my last appointment for the day and if his session went as well as I’d hoped I could release him to return to the team. I had already released him to return to his classes. Greg hadn’t pressured me to do either of these sooner and for that I was grateful. I was beginning to admire this man who seemed so different from anyone I had ever known.
“So, Jason how was your weekend?” I was beginning to enjoy getting to know this young man.
“It was okay.” His response was typical for his generation and age. I knew it all too well from Dana.
“Just okay?” I didn’t want to push too hard but I sensed that it hadn’t gone as well as he had hoped.
“My parents were here.”
“How did that go?” My question seemed to hit a nerve as he become more restless.
“You know how parents are.”
Ironically, yes I did.
We talked some more and it was clear he was struggling with his overly protective mother. It gave some insight as to why he was here.
“So, Jason, what do you remember about that day?” He knew which day I meant.
“I don’t want to talk about that.” He looked up. “Not yet.”
“You know I can’t release you to play with the team until you do.” I kept my voice gentle.
I sensed something else was going on. “Jason, do you want to play?”
He didn’t answer with words but it was clear that returning to the team was not a high priority for him, and that was something that he and I definitely needed to talk about. Even though Greg hadn’t pressured me concerning Jason, I was certain he wouldn’t be happy for any long delays in getting this young man back on the team. I had to be very careful what I shared with Greg but I suspected that Jason’s reluctance to rejoin the team was noticed by more than just myself.
I wondered just how much Greg knew.
Scene 2 - Therapist’s Home
Dana was now with her father and I had the house to myself. I had taken her to the airport the day before. The house was so quiet that I found it almost unsettling.
I flipped through the stations on the television and decided that even though I had access to more than one hundred channels there was nothing on worth watching. I scanned the DVD collection that Dana and I had purchased recently but didn’t feel like watching any of them without her. We had started a movie night once a week and ate popcorn in our pajamas.
I wasn’t use to be so restless. I wasn’t even in the mood to read a good book, something I always enjoyed doing. Then I tried to relax and meditate.
I jumped as the phone rang. I wasn’t expecting anyone to call. I checked the caller id - it was Greg, the last person I truly expected to call. I had given him my home phone number for emergencies and perhaps subconsciously something more.
“Hello.” It was almost a question.
“Yes.” My voice sounded breathless, even to me. I felt giddy and disappointed at the same time. I wasn’t a schoolgirl anymore but I was acting like one. I straightened my back and walked over to the window.
“I wanted to invite you to our next game.” His voice sounded matter-of-fact, which is how I should be acting.
I was busy mentally processing his invitation and several minutes must have passed.
“And before you say no, I wanted to let you know what a difference your visit made to the team.” He had taken my silence for something else.
“I’d love to come.” Did I really say that?
“Great! I’ll see you Saturday at five. Jason will be waiting for you at the gate to escort you into the team area.”
Scene 3 - Therapist’s Office
Regina looked like her old self again. I caught her just as she was seeing her last client for the day.
“Georgia, just the person I was about to call.”
I eyed her suspiciously. “Really!”
“Yes, it’s my turn to take you out to dinner.”
I opened my mouth to protest but she beat me to it.
“And I want take no for an answer - even if I have to stalk you all the way home.” She folded her arms and gave me that and-you-know-I’ll-do-it look.
“Okay,” giving in seemed the best option at this point. “What’s the occasion?”
“Life.” She raised her arms up to the sky and twirled around. “We’re celebrating life,” she ended her twirl and looked straight at me, “and just how blessed we truly are to have such wonderful people in our lives.”
I couldn’t agree with her more.