I guess I'll give it a go...
A man who has watched all of his dreams fall to the wayside after trying to "do the right thing" by marrying his High School sweetheart after she got pregnant
An apartment in a "not so good" part of town.
The man just lost his job and has to tell his wife... and their relationship is already going into the dumpers.
CONTROLLING IDEA (THEME)
Responsibility; putting aside your dreams and wishes to do what you know you have to do. (Uplifting or tragic, either/or)