I’m 60 and you’re having my baby?

Alan J. Schwarz
5 min readFeb 6, 2021

The conversations had been going on for months. What had started out as a flippant comment by Tamara Leventhal had taken on a more serious tone over the weeks. Covid-19 might have caused the situation to escalate as both Tamara and Herschell Ostrepeller were both in lock down.

The reunion of Tamara and Herschell had happened because of social media. One morning Herschell looked at his facebook and there was a friend request from Tamara. It made his heart race. He had once loved Tamara with his heart and soul. He was only eighteen but he was sure she was his soulmate. The problem was he was very conflicted. He loved her but he knew there were millions of other women he wanted to date. She had moved away to go to University and slowly they lost touch.

Herschell dated a ton of women, but none of them had that special quality that Tamara possessed. He had remained a bachelor and he never expected that to happen. His life was great but there was a void, he was really sorry that he never had children of his own. He attributed it to Gd’s will, but the truth was maybe he had simply been worried about the financial responsibilities and was a little on the commitment phobic side.

When Herschell and Tamara started communicating again it was as if no time had passed. One day Tamara told him about her failed marriage. She had been married for twenty two years. Her husband was a successful business man but he was always distant and in many ways he was more interested in money than love. The biggest regret he had about the divorce was that he had to split his assets. Tamara never thought there was another woman involved, but about six months after their divorce was finalized, he married a woman who had been a business partner. Tamara and her ex had one daughter who was now married, and her ex-husband rarely visited. When their daughter had a baby boy, her ex-husband called and said it conflicted with a cruise he had booked, so he would be in touch when he got back. A year had passed and her daughter and son-in-law were still waiting for the visit. Tamara doted on her Grandchild. His name was (strangely enough) Herschell.

The intensity and frequency of calls between Tamara and Herschell kept increasing and they realized they loved each other. How they could tell over Facetime was a miracle. It was just…

Alan J. Schwarz

Alan Schwarz loves life. He is the founder of JAMS Productions, a television production company based in Toronto . His passion is writing.