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  •  When You Lose A Child... (4.00)
    I suspect that the death of John Edwards' son was the catalyst that prompted his shift from trial lawyer to politician. Certainly the death of a child often has a profound impact on a parent.

    Some insight into my own case might be gleaned from my recent letter to our local editor.

    DEAR EDITOR: When you lose a child, there are just some things you can't do
    anymore. You can't get a tattoo, for example, because someone else's child
    might need your blood platelets to fight his cancer and you've learned the
    hard way that people with tattoos can't donate platelets.

    Of course, you can't refuse to donate blood because now you know children
    with cancer need gallons of blood. While you could attend graduation
    ceremonies, you tend to avoid them in order not to be reminded that your
    child missed his. You can't work on the family tree any longer because it's
    just too painful to look at that one branch knowing it will never grow.

    You can't even summon the energy to update your last will and testament,
    because all those things that you were going to leave your child must now go

    And because you know the extreme heart ache that comes with losing your
    child, you just can't support a president that sends other people's children
    to die for his lies.

    You just can't wish that burden on another parent and you can't understand
    why every other parent doesn't feel the same way.

    "A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves."

    by skeptic tank on Sun Aug 01, 2004 at 04:20:47 PM PDT

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    •  Edward's entry into politics and son's death (none)
      I read in Newsweek that the friend who accompanied John Edwards to the hospital where his son's body was taken, recalls Edwards saying that he had to do something to make his son's death worth the cost.  The article also said that the son had been urging his father to enter politics, so that's what he did.  A varient on the "work is prayer" theme.  I don't believe in the hand of God in human affairs, but certainly the Edwards found strength to surmount this tragedy.

      Skeptic Tank,
      Your letter sounds like your loss is recent.  Please accept my deepest sympathy.

    •  Thanks for (none)
      a very moving and powerful letter.  I'm so sorry for your loss.

      "Often it does seem a pity that Noah and his party did not miss the boat." (Mark Twain)

      by cinnamondog on Sun Aug 01, 2004 at 09:41:19 PM PDT

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