Sad

Alan J. Schwarz
11 min readOct 24, 2020

Alex Wexler enjoyed working construction. He was not an expert in the field but he jumped in when his Dad had to go on dialysis. Alex had gone to The University of Wisconsin and received his degree in Philosophy. He remembered the day of his commencement when his Dad gently asked him a very serious question ‘’Son, now that you’ve graduated, do you have any idea what you want to do with your life?’’

It was a question that followed Alex around for a long time. When he started working for a Media/PR firm they thought he would be able to provide useful thoughts on the moral implications of different campaigns they were conducting for corporate clients. When he consistently pointed out the negatives and the subterfuge, he was ‘’released from his contractual obligations.’’

When he took a position at a publishing house editing technical manuals, he thought he was going to completely lose his mind because of the boredom. He stayed for a year and moved on to a job with the Government. He was hired by the Internal Revenue Service to call people who had filed their taxes and were now being audited. He was tasked with setting up appointments for the very nervous people who answered his calls. Things were easy breezy, but Alex was once again suffering from extreme boredom.

It was during a late night call with his Mom that he found out about his Dad having to change his life around because of his kidney issues. He would have to be on dialysis three times a week for four hours a session and his Mother was scared.

There was no thought about what Alex would do, he informed his bosses at the IRS that his family needed him and by the end of the week, he was on a train heading home to Hobart, Wisconsin.

His Dad explained that his company had three important contracts. One was for a residential development. There was to be two hundred and fifty town homes built in a new subdivision. Macky would provide Alex with the details. The second project was building a free standing pharmacy on Main Street, and the third project which was almost done was pouring new sidewalks in front of the Pulaski district Public Schools. His Father said ‘’Macky knows everything, trust and learn from him. He’s good son.’’

The next morning Alex went to the Wexler’s main construction trailer at seven in the morning and was surprised to…

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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.