Providence, RI – Perhaps it goes without saying that dashed hopes are part of the human condition. None of us is able to escape occasional disappointments in life. For the most fortunate among us, those disappointments are relatively rare, manageable, and followed by better news. Caleb Woodhouse reflects on a time in his life when he received some very sad news from his son . . . . and about its much happier - and profoundly moving - aftermath. Caleb Woodhouse is a 1954 graduate of Brown University and a retired history teacher. He lives in Little Compton, Rhode Island with his wife Alessandra.