So what do babies have to do with this book club? Actually, babies figure prominently in October's book, This is Where I Leave You. The main character's marriage really begins to unravel following a tragic, late-term miscarriage. This happened to a friend of ours; at about 30 weeks, his wife went to a prenatal appointment and discovered that the baby's heart had stopped beating. I remember driving him to the hospital from work and how awful it all was. A year later, the wife became pregnant again; now they have two healthy boys, and although they mourn their little daughter's passing, they've moved forward and life is good.
Of course, things could easily have gone the other way, as it did in this book. The tragedy is compounded because at precisely the time a couple should be able to lean on each other and become closer, the couple in the book, Judd and Jen, drifted apart. But I can see how that could happen. In a few of my more paranoid-morbid moments, I've wondered about what Alfie and I would do if, God forbid, anything happened to our children and we were left with just each other. In a situation like that, it would be all too easy for each of us to retreat into our own shells. I don't know if I would have the strength to go on living, let alone keep my marriage going. Would we go the same path as John and Louise? Or Judd and Jen?
You know that saying, Having a Baby Changes Everything? Well, not having a baby can also change everything.
But enough depressing thoughts. I'm going to be an aunt today, and I'm counting my blessings.
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