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Life As We Know It

When Michael made Jackie & Hyde his daughter’s godparents, no one ever expected that anything would actually come of it. People are made godparents all the time but it never involves any actual responsibility, aside from spoiling the kid rotten. So, when the pair endures their messy, stripper driven breakup and the months of hateful comments afterward, Betsy Kelso was the very last thing on either of their minds. 

But when both Michael and Brooke are killed on impact in a car wreck on New Year’s Eve, 1979, everyone’s petty problems suddenly seem incredibly trivial. No one expects being a godparent to be a big deal until, suddenly, mere days after your best friend’s funeral, you’re called into a lawyer’s office and informed that you have joint custody of his kid. 

“Both of us?” “Together?

At first, it’s a horror show. They have to pack up and move into Michael & Brooke’s apartment, for Betsy’s sake, and nothing seems to be going right. They can’t get her to stop crying, none of them have slept in over a week, and Jackie and Hyde are fighting even more than they were before. It’s only when he stumbles upon her having a breakdown in the bathroom that he realizes just how much of a jackass that he’s been.

“She hates me! She cries every time that I pick her up!”

“She doesn’t hate you, Jackie.”

“Yes, she does! Everybody does! I can’t do this!”

Yes, you can.” “How?!” “Because we’re gonna do it together.”

Eventually, things do get better. The unlikely little family settles into a routine of sorts, and Betsy starts sleeping through the night. Jackie and Hyde even reach a level of normalcy and friendship that they never thought possible after everything that happened between them. It’s only when a 13 year old babysitter calls them “a cute couple” that they start to really question where this all is going.

Would they get back together? And, if they did, would it be for Betsy’s sake or because they still felt the same way that they had what felt like an eternity ago?

“I never enjoy anything. I’m always waiting for whatever’s next. I think everyone’s like that…living life in fast forward, never stopping to enjoy the moment, too busy trying to rush through everything, so we can get on with what we’re really supposed to be doing with our lives.”

Stuck in love (2012)
Josh Boone