Today, the boy and I watched Up. He hadn’t seen it before today (we never went to see it in the theater together for some reason), so we went to the store and bought the DVD, invited one of his friends over, and sat down to watch it together. When we got to the montage of Carl and Ellie’s life, and Carl was sitting alone after the funeral, Connor said, “Did they get a divorce?” His friend answered him and said, “No, she died…” “Oh,” said Connor.

Sometimes it’s hard for me to watch him try and untangle his life, at those times when his world mixes with the world of adults and he doesn’t know quite what it all means. His parents separated before he was two years old. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t feel sad for him.

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