the most difficult part of being a parent in pain--the kind of pain that keeps you from keeping up with your child--is the distress of not being able to keep up with your child. To not be present when they come to show you their newest piece of artwork--their mere movement can unravel your grip. I can't imagine what it was like for my father. I just can't. But I think about it. How he was my father and in agony in the same instant. Daddy.
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