Patrick Gallagher '83 | April 17, 2015
Legend has it that Ernest Hemingway won a bet that he could create a novel in six words by writing the following on a napkin: “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.” Those six words suggest a tragic story of loss, with perhaps a bitter attempt to forget. My wife and I have unworn baby shoes that tell a different story.
A few months before the birth of our second child, my brother and his wife visited Ireland. They bought a beautiful pair of white, knit baby booties, a gift for our baby.
Michael was born with a severe birth defect, unknown to us until after his birth but announced when the medical team had to resuscitate him when he was just minutes old. It was the first of several resuscitations over the next 11 days, until the last one failed and tearful nurses let us hold him for his last breaths.
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