Not only does the book try to explain financial trouble, it also touches on emotions when the little boy is shocked to see his dad cry. In the end, he gets to keep a starving kitten that he found, even though times are still tight. This heartwarming story aims to inspire kids to think of the way kids like Brian may be feeling, and maybe prompt them to act like Justin next time they see someone being excluded. Enemy Pie by Derek Munson In this humorous tale, a dad tells his son that the best way to get rid of his enemy, Jeremy Ross, is to give him enemy pie—which only works if you spend a whole day with your enemy.
Why do I feel compelled to make others feel better? I notice my automatic impulse to be polite in an attempt to alleviate their worry around their feeling impolite. I admit, considering the human variables, it is probably impossible to find a consistent staple response.
I wear a locket around my neck with a photo of each of my boys and I open it, beaming, too, over my own beautiful children, but hesitant also, vulnerable to feeling alienated, or alienating.
I want to leave it at that. I want to be connected by this understanding of what it is to love and celebrate your children. Most people see the paraphernalia first and the babies second. I see Emmett, and I see Ford. Often it distances me from the common ground.
But I love my children. I see Emmett, my dark-haired first baby, his big almostpounds-at-birth body in my arms.
I see his long-awaited arrival. I see my changed heart. I see that he was happy. I see that he was in pain. I see how we were all waiting and hoping. I see his strength in his pure, unknowing babyness.
Indeed it is the unlikeliness of losing two children that for so long fuelled my belief that Ford would live, despite his congenital heart disease. And I darkly assure those people now, in imagined conversations, that they were right.
Looking back to the group introducing their offspring via cell-phone picture albums, I can feel that these people see me differently now. I sense some people are hesitant to continue the conversation now.
I imagine others are possibly resentful of that hesitation. Some might consider my sharing morbid. Others are moved by sadness at the thought of ever losing their own.
I try to look for only those empathetic few and resist my defensiveness to the discomfort I might have caused in the others. My mind gets noisy with my defenses and sad at my feeling of not belonging.
I want to tell them: My relationship with either of my children did not end with their deaths.
My daily thoughts are full of them — with joy and gratitude for them, on some days, and with grief and longing on others. I am not unlike you, I think as I close the locket and hold it close to my chest.
I do often look for places to rent nearby though, thinking if I could walk or ride my bike here, my visits would be more frequent. However, if that proved wrong, I think it would only be my guilt that would increase.
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