1. Ed didn't like the last installment of Chapter Six. I didn't unpack it enough I suppose and I guess I wasn't entirely satisfied with it either but birds fly, fish swim, dogs walk, and writers write.
I don't think I like anything I do. It's never good enough but she's right in that I left out a few critical aspects of Malcolm's limb amputation. First of all, nothing prepared me for the surgery. I thought leg must go not leg plus shoulder.
It was a total ablation of one-fourth of Malcolm. The extent of his surgical lesion went almost from stem to stern.
2. Recently, I was sent a quote from CS Lewis that I've paraphrased and seems particularly relevant. "I hope no one who reads this book has been quite as miserable; but if you have been - if you've been up all night and cried till you have no more tears left in you - you will know that there comes in the end a sort of quietness. You feel as if nothing is ever going to happen again.”
3. Telling this story was part of the deal I made with God to get Hudson and Murphy cross country safely. You don't bargain with God but I don't bargain with the safety of my boys either. I'm trying to do a good job of telling it and I'll continue to try to do so every week. For those who are reading, thank you.