Under the Weather

March 2013

Dear Jonah,

I’m sorry, so, so sorry. Your world is upside-down right now because of something (someone) that is completely out of our hands. Life is like that, every now and then. I’ll tell you what my friends and family have been telling me: we’ll be okay someday, and we’ll be stronger for it. I’m reminded of “Oh The Places You’ll Go” by Dr. Seuss, and we will face up to our problems, whatever they are, even if we’re in a slump/lurch. But it is hard, and it hurts, I know because you’re not alone in this. You know that saying about how when life gives you lemons you need to make lemonade? Well today, in the darkest time I’ve seen in your seven years here, life gave you a virus. I’m not sure what to make with that. The last thing you need right now is the flu, but here it is, confining you to your bed with a mid-day nap. I know we’re not treading water in the deepest ocean, sharks under our feet and vultures over our head — it just feels like that. Hang in there, son, I’m going to get us through this I promise. It’s you and me, and we can do anything. It might just take a little while.


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