I just learned that an internet friend lost her young step-son this week. I’m completely stunned, and heartbroken for her. I burst into tears upon reading it, and my thoughts are racing, selfishly worrying over my own kids, and wishing they were here. I feel sick for her. We have messaged each other on and off over the last couple of years about the rollercoaster ride that is step-parenting, but also about how amazing it is to get to love and shape the life of your bonus kid. What an unexpected blessing it is.

Oh what an absolutely awful, awful, terrible, heartbreaking, unfair thing.