Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Maybe Next Time

One evening Emma returns from a busy day at work to the frenzy and chaos of home: kids, dinner and the dog needs a walk. She eyes the envelope perched on the counter.  Oh no! She has done it again - forgotten their anniversary and the letter writing tradition they have long treasured. Dan is angry, the kids appear sullen. Dan escapes by taking the dog out and a few minutes later Emma hears the ear splitting screech of brakes and crushing metal that can only mean one thing. She races to the scene and finds Dan lying in the street, he is gone. Devastated she returns home, attends to the kids and speaks to the police. When she wakes the next morning Dan is lying next to her. Speechless, Emma grabs her phone and sees that it is Monday, again. Hoping this was all just a bad dream Emma goes about her day only to experience the same evening again. She doesn’t know if she is losing her mind or is stuck in some weird time warp. The big question is whether she can change the outcome by changing the scenario. Every day she tries again but to no avail. On repeat her frenzied job becomes pointless and she finally realizes how she neglected everyone she loves. I have read “groundhog day” tropes many times and this one did not stand out. The main character was exhaustingly erratic while the secondary characters were trying too hard to be funny. Didn’t love, just okay in my book. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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