An inspirational piece of writting
I think this author speaks for us all when she wrote this:
"I think having a dead child sets me (and other db parents) apart from those that haven’t endured the same tragedy. In the early months after Callum died, I referred to it as a superpower: like a modern-day, mourning Wonder Woman who possesses secret powers others cannot reap. In loving him and growing him and then having to hold his lifeless body in my arms, it gave me a deeper appreciation for the fleetingness of life and an acute understanding of what is really important, but more importantly: what is not.
Deadbaby Woman realizes how powerless we are. Deadbaby Woman understands there are no guarantees. Deadbaby Woman possesses a knowledge (gained through an experience no one would ever want) that so few will ever really appreciate. While the innocents live in their safe, uncompromised bubbles, Deadbaby Woman endures each day without one: Open, vulnerable, yet resilient. What other choice has she been given?
What I know for sure is that I no longer live my life under the guise of an artificial, hollow cliché. Callum’s death tore away the veil I used to live quite comfortably under. It gave me an appreciation for things I never would have seen had it not been for his devastatingly short presence in my life. Surely, if I lose sight of this, I have lost everything.