Case Study for Winter 2010: eMarriage
Instructions: Read the following case study, then answer the questions that correspond to each
You will respond to one question for each chapter 1-10, be sure to carefully review the
grading rubrics that follow each question, each one is designed to fit the specific question.
Erin O’Malley sat staring at her computer screen. It had been three years since her
husband had died in Iraq, leaving her alone with two young children to support.
and frightened, she had shut herself off from the world for awhile. All of her friends still
had such “perfect” lives:
loving husbands, beautiful homes, talented kids. She had no
job, little savings, no husband and no future. Compared to them she felt as though her
life had ended. The more she thought about what she had lost, the more depressed and
withdrawn she became.
Erin’s parents constantly reminded her that they loved her and that she would survive.
Valerie, her best friend and a nurse at the local hospital, urged Erin to enroll at the local
college and finish her nursing degree. Erin followed Valerie’s advice and completed her
degree, eventually finding a job at a local retirement community.
Little by little her confidence returned. It was hard being a single mom, but she slowly
learned to do many of the things her husband had taken care of: changing the oil in the
car, repairing the bathroom faucet, and sharpening the lawn mower blade.
even successfully renegotiated the mortgage on their home without any help.
Though she was not sure she was ready for a new man in her life, she had to admit she
was lonely. Being a single parent was hard work, and she was painfully aware the kids
missed having their father around. Valerie had recently suggested that Erin start dating
again, and mentioned several of her friends at work had met new partners on
She read and reread the words she had written in the post she was working on for
Attractive, fit WWF, age 34, seeks DWM or WWM for friendship and possible
relationship. I love my job, but need more than work in my life. Please like kids, as I
have a son (age 9) and a daughter (age 5). Looking for family oriented guy who
enjoys weekends with family fun activities! Looking forward to hearing from you.
She was afraid she sounded old and nerdy compared to the numerous beautiful single
women whose posts she had viewed while looking for ideas on what to say. “Well, here
goes nothing,” she said to herself, and clicked on the send button. As Valerie frequently
said, “nothing ventured, nothing gained.”
* * * * *
Carlos Garcia sat down at his computer, took a deep breath and logged into
. He still wasn’t sure this was such a good idea. It felt like he was somehow