Like mother like daughter? Mary sure hopes not.
Two decades ago, Mary's mom walked out.
A few days later, her dad started drinking. He never stopped.
Mary won't touch alcohol, just in case she turns out to be like him. She won't risk having kids either, because taking after her mom would be worse.
A year ago, Mary's boyfriend dumped her because she didn't want kids. That one really stung.
Yesterday, for the first time in a year, Mary met someone.
Someone hunky. Someone smart. Someone who made her goofy smile. Someone who sent a shiver up her spine.
And tomorrow she's going on a first date.
She won't find out he's a widower with two kids for at least two more days.