The Promise of Tomorrow

By Lola Di Giulio De Maci

My husband and I had been married 47 years when I got “the call” from the hospital.

“I’m sorry,” someone said in a steady, even voice. “He didn’t make it.” I sat at the other end of the line, feeling my heart begin to break. “He didn’t make it,” a voice inside me kept repeating.

On the day of the funeral, I waited in the car at the veterans’ cemetery for the Navy to tell us where to go for the burial. I stared beyond the miles of manicured green lawns at thousands of white markers, summarizing entire lifetimes in a single name and two dates. I couldn’t help but wonder where my life would take me now. My thoughts were interrupted when the car door swung open, and my niece placed her six-week-old baby son into my arms.

“He wants to make you smile,” she said, shielding his eyes from the bright morning sun. I looked down at this brand-new baby, who never once stopped smiling, and felt his presence warming the lonely corners of my heart. As I held him in my arms, I couldn’t help but sense a smile come to my face…along with the promise of new life and the many gifts it has to offer no matter where we are on our journey – at the beginning, the middle or the end.

And suddenly I smiled for all that was…and for all that is meant to be.

About this writer

  • Lola Di Giulio De MaciLola Di Giulio De Maci is a retired teacher whose stories have appeared in several editions of Chicken Soup for the Soul and the Los Angeles Times (Kid’s Reading Room). She enjoys handwritten notes/letters, her children, and new beginnings. She writes from her loft overlooking the San Bernardino Mountains. 

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6 Responses to “The Promise of Tomorrow”

  1. Erika Hoffman says:

    Beautiful story full of truths.

  2. Lola De Maci says:

    Thank you, Erika. I write purely from my heart. It’s not quite a year since Bernard passed away. And life does go on…

  3. Linda O'Connell says:

    Lola, this is absolutely beautiful and made me tear up.

  4. S. Argentine says:

    Aunt Lola, I love this story. You are an amazing and strong woman and my world is a better place because of you, your niece and that Prince of a baby I call my grandson.
    I love you.

  5. Lola De Maci says:

    My dear Stephanie,
    God has blessed me with you, my niece, and that beautiful grandson of yours. I will forever remember the day I was gifted with the promise of new life. You are my family. And I love you very much.
    Aunt Lola

  6. Lola De Maci says:

    Thank you, Linda. My heart is full of joy for all that was and for all that is meant to be. Life in its many stages is beautiful.

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