I’ve read this a bunch of times today. I don’t know what I would do if faced with this kind of choice. What I do know is that Megan Phelps-Roper is an astonishing writer, and I -for one – am very grateful that she has chosen to bring a whole bunch of internet strangers “with” her on this journey.
I awoke this morning in the usual way: a grab for my iPhone to check the time, followed immediately by a slide of the finger to open the text messages sent by my sister Grace in the wee hours of the morning. She doesn’t sleep so well these days, even though it’s already been nine months.
I can’t believe it’s already been nine months.
Her words fill up my screen, and I think yet again of how grateful I am to at least have some nightly relief from my plague of existential thought experiments, lamentations for loved ones lost, and endless processing of the onslaught of newness. Sleep is a natural escape from these mental gymnastics, but it’s a degree of relief that Grace is often denied.
“This article makes me angry at the writer.” It’s a link to a Slate piece written by an American-born woman, the child of…
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