*TW: Child death, implied suicide*
The wind is strong enough to blow the cap off the head of a young boy a couple hundred yards away, but I don’t feel it. As I get closer, I notice that he is crying.
“Please don’t cry, it’ll all be alright. I’ll help you find your hat.”
If he hears me, he doesn’t acknowledge my feeble attempt at comforting him. He runs to catch up with his mother, and leans into her dark shawl. She’s crying too, but her husband is hiding his tears, trying to be strong for them both. As they all cling to each other in their sadness, I begin to recognize bits and pieces of their bodies. The worry lines over the fathers eyes, the messy haircut of the young boy, and finally the body language of the mother. I always pitied the way her shoulders always folded inward, always trying to protect her heart.
Watching them kneel over the grave, I almost feel a bit guilty, for I am the reason that their child is in the ground. I am the reason for all the tears shed.
But mostly, I’m in awe. I never thought I’d live to see my family cry over me, or even show they care. Well, I guess I never did live to see it.
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