This Is Us

What My Son’s Final Words Taught Me About Happiness

Joy comes when we let go of the idea that we deserve it

The author with her son.
Sam, age 5

Nearly five years ago, I knelt before my five-year-old son Sam in the basement of our friend’s home. The room was filled with a mishmash of furniture from upstairs and outside to accommodate all the people who had come to say goodbye. Sarah…