the heartache of parenting

My daughter was three when I momentarily lost her at the Bronx Zoo. Maybe a total of two minutes passed between noticing she was gone and finding her with the llamas, but those two minutes were filled with terror. A microcosm of that terror lives inside all parents at all times, from the time your child is born until, well, forever.

The worries start when you find out you are expecting a child and they don’t let up. Childbirth, SIDS, things that loom large in the beginning are all expected worries, but there are so many other things that rest just below the surface and sometimes…

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