What is it about the world that it's trying to break my heart with all these parent-child stories? (I won't even get into that hideous Austrian thing...talk about the face of sheer evil.)
Matt Logelin's beautiful wife, Liz, died of a pulmonary embolism (the same thing that killed my friend Ann) the day after their daughter Madeleine was born. This Star Tribune article, and his blog, make my heart ache. Here I am worrying about things like going back to work and childcare for Miss Kelly and getting her to eat solid food and then I read this and realize I have no problems, none at all.
And the Seattle Times has two articles on parents who have raised disabled children well into adulthood. As the parents age, they worry about what will happen to these children, who cannot live on their own. The first article is about James Jensen, who has Down syndrome, and the second is about Ronny Johnson, who has autism. Their parents' devotion shines through every word of each piece, and it drives me crazy that we spend so much money on wasteful things in this country and there is not enough help for this kind of need.