Tag: April 2016

Lifelines and Deadlines

 

“Are you sure you should go?” my mother asked. Yes, I was. Positive. A family friend had just lost her newborn. How could I not go, unless my presence at the funeral would disturb her too greatly? But I had been assured this was not so: the grieving mother would not be undone by the sight of the visibly pregnant, and would rather have more people, not fewer, with her to remember her own child’s brief life. So I went.

The child had died of SIDS. The coroner said there was nothing that could have prevented it. It was just one of those things. The grieving mother, though, believed the truth might be otherwise. Hers had not been an ideal pregnancy from the start. She had made choices that she now wished she could unmake. No one could wish to add to her grief by agreeing with her, at least not during a time when the grief was so fresh. But her regrets were understandable ones.

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I am confident that most–if not all–of us have agreed to something a later date in the future thinking, “no problem. I’ll have plenty of time to prepare.” You mark your calendar and tell yourself, “there is no need to fret about this yet.” It sits in the back of your mind because, after all, […]

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When I started my PhD program, it was sold as a 4.5-5 year process with an MA in hand, which I thought seemed long, but since I was offered a full scholarship and a full stipend as an assistant, that was fine. I met my wife during my first semester, though not at school. She […]

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