Sunday, April 5, 2009
Well, it finally happened. Last night was the first time (or at least the most obvious time) that my husband and I had to answer the question "how many children do you have?" I have to say that as painful as it was, I also felt a sense of relief, peace, to recognize Nicholas as a part of our family somewhere other than in our minds.
Woman - "So, you have two boys?"
Me - "Actually, we have three boys."
Woman - "Oh?"
Husband - "We lost our youngest son last November."
Woman - "Oh, I didn't know... I'm sorry. What happened? Do you want to get into it?"
Me - Shaking head, eyes filling up... quickly. "Probably not a good idea right now, but thank you".
Followed by awkward, awkward silence.
Someone else at the table said "it is a terrible tragedy - there are a lot of people pulling for you, Lea".
A tragedy - you got that right.
Posted by Lea at 9:53 AM