The Heartache of After

Last Wednesday, in the filtered light of a perfect spring morning, I sat on my porch, drank my coffee and thought about afters. On the previous day, 21 people — 19 children and 2 teachers — had been killed in yet another school shooting. This time it happened in Uvelde, Texas.

“I can’t stop thinking about the parents,” I’d said to my husband, “Waking up on this first morning without their children, if they even slept at…

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