I’ve always thought time was a good thing when it came to pain. I tell my kids this often. If you bear it, it will stop hurting. Your scrapes and bumps will heal, and in a few days you will forget all about it. Even pain that doesn’t heal eventually dulls with the passing of time.

Until now. Time doesn’t fix this one. Time is unmerciful, because time adds to the pain. Today is a whole day without Samuel, one more day than yesterday was. Each new day is a new hurt. It only gets worse.

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