His papa created a curse, which ultimately resulted in Neal meeting Emma, the love of his life, and giving him the gift of fatherhood. For as long as he lives, he’ll know he got something right. It’s true magic destroyed his family, but it’s also true that magic helped bring him and Emma together to create Henry. Now all he needs to do is believe in the truth of his father’s words that happiness is possible, even for him, to believe in his second chance.
YES! A frillion times YES! Rumple thought the Curse would allow his son to have his family, and he was right, just not in the way he’d imagined. Ah, prophecy and fate can be so tricksy, can’t they. I’d call this poetic. And we know that Kitswitz like writing poetic. I’m just sayin.