We’re going through one of those situations where life just stops for a while.
We were bumping along, a sunny, beautiful day (metaphorically of course- c’mon, it’s still bloody winter in IL), and then something horribly unexpected diverted us from our normal trajectory.
And unfortunately all that comes to mind are cliched sayings.
I wish something profound or amazing came to mind.
But now: just cliches.
This too shall pass.
Everything happens for a reason.
And maybe these cliches come to mind because they are true, or because they are comforting, or because they are both.
I was talking to my dad this morning and he was explaining to me a little bit about how he is grieving. He said, “Emily, you remember that scene in Back to the Future* where the family members start to disappear from the picture because things weren’t changed in the past?” “Yeah?” “That’s what it felt like to find out that you lost this baby. Like someone who was supposed to be in our family suddenly was not. They were just erased from the picture.”
One week ago, our sweet baby stopped growing, but I had no idea. I was still dreaming of what she would look like and what a hot summer pregnancy would be like and what it would be like to be in the delivery room with Frank holding our baby for the first time.
And now, just one week later, that whole reality has been altered. In September none of that will happen.
It was all just so quickly erased and replaced with a new reality.
And we will be ok. Slowly but surely, everything is coming back into focus and we are realizing that for this baby, this was the plan all along.
But man, I wish I had something profound to say about it.
*My dad raised us on sci-fi and time travel. The first chapter book he read to me was The Time Machine by HG Wells. It’s not surprising at all that Back to the Future came up as part of his analogy. 🙂