Critical observation, Derrick Holt. You are spot-on in taking notice of that particular missing chapter.
I feel like you read my mind.
You are 100% correct that a mom of four girls cannot reflect on this kind of experience, and not come to terms with what it means for them, too. I labored (no pun intended, but definitely appreciated ;) over this piece for weeks and ended up cutting almost 9000 words — and so much of that is dedicated to the impact on my girls. I love that you brought it up and it inspires me to get to work laboring over that one, too.
Thank you for noticing, and also for your kind words. This kind of feedback — where I get to connect with people who are generous enough to respond — contributes to both my motivation and my inspiration.
It’s literally why I write.