Once you are a parent, periodically, maybe watching the news, maybe just hearing someone else’s kid’s voice in the grocery store, you get struck by just how different your life would be if you didn’t have your own child.

It’s awful.

It’s paralyzing.

Parenting is absolutely having to resign yourself to having your heart and soul walking around with their own free will outside of your body for the rest of your life.

If it isn’t, you’re doing it wrong.

It should scare the hell out of you.

And mean more than anything, ever.

To every parent who has ever lost a child, my heart breaks for you.

It shouldn’t ever happen.

Yes, Owen is fine, that’s not it.