Sunday, October 16, 2011

Love and the Dragon Mom

Emily and her son Ronan

The Sunday edition of the New York Times yesterday had a remarkable article by Emily Rapp, a writer raising an infant son that she knows will die before he reaches the age of 3. It's an astonishing, understated piece about the value of life and the experience of being a parent to a dying child.  "This is a love story," she writes, "and like all great love stories, it is a story of loss."  

Please, take a look.  

4 comments:

Michelle said...

I read this and wept. It celebrates extraordinary and ordinary at the same time...

Shelly said...

I wept as well, having to step away to collect myself fo I could continue to read. Such courage and humanity. It made me think of how difficult it can be to truly and completely love even in the easiest of circumstances. Thank you for sharing this.

Jim McDermott, S.J. said...

I'm so glad you both liked it. It's an amazing journey. Anyone who hasn't checked it out yet -- check it out!

kmbrco said...

What else could you do? Dragon Mom has her heart broken every moment of every day, knowing that she will lose her child in such a horrible way. And yet, her love is so all-encompassing. Her outlook so wise. What else do you do when faced with something so difficult, and so very unavoidable? Savor every single moment. If only we could all be so wise.