Margaret Ward McClain is writing for Essays on Childhood this week. The link above will take you to her bio. Below are a few thoughts I wrote about her essay last night:
No one has a “perfect family,” and every one of our families has been touched by grief over the years. I’ve learned that for some people, grief and loss make it emotionally impossible to revisit old memories. It hurts too much to relive the beauty, love, and connections that time, illness, and hardship can take away. Only lions can, as they say, “go there.”
We may never be able to return to some houses. But maybe we can take our children, and enter new places to call home. I hope you will keep an eye out for Margaret’s essay beginning tomorrow, and that you will share it with others. It is a powerful piece of writing.