Grief

A Milgram Thought Experiment

A Milgram Thought Experiment

Would you cause someone intense emotional pain for no other reason than financial gain? 

If you answered yes, then you should work for Farmers Insurance.

Imagine a woman. Here is what you know about this woman:

Her amazing, wonderful, brave, hilarious, irreplaceable almost-5-year-old son died unexpectedly less than a week ago. This has nothing to do with you or your job, but she cannot stop talking about, as it has shaped her whole world.

Here is what else you know:  Due to faulty wiring, a breaker probably not tripping, and a very cold day, this woman has now also lost her pets. Her entire home. All of her son's baby things. His baby footprints, the book where she recorded all of his milestones and wrote him letters,  all the physical proof that this child existed.

Bereft

Bereft

Atticus is bereft, and I am Atticus bereft. Atticus was robbed, deprived of his life. It was too soon, too unexpected. We don't have the full pathology reports yet, but the virus was almost certainly some run-of-the-mill little thing. Something his brothers and I all had and barely noticed. And it conspired with his body, his little fierce body that I so loved, and stole away his