Good netizens of swittersville. Or something. A favor.
I've known Tia for almost 20 years. We met in college. She was my first love.
She and Tom were married in 2003, I think, in Maine. Beautiful ceremony and reception.
Soon thereafter they had a daughter, Sarah. They live in Montpelier, Vermont. Great town, great state. The Northeast Kingdom, they call it I believe.
Awhile ago they had another daughter, whom they named Jane. The birth had some complications, and Jane had to stay in the hospital, in and out of intensive care for the most part.
Jane fought hard, buttressed by the love of her parents and by the love for Tia and Tom.
Jane died yesterday afternoon, at the age of 6 months 6 days.
I wonder if, over the course of the next several days, you might hold Tia, Tom and Sarah close to your hearts and wish for them the ability to be strong for one another in perhaps the most fragile moment of their lives. You were there for me; by extension, could you be there for them?
There are no words. Whatever she needs.
(Hug your kids, call your mom.)