It’s not often that a panel discussion at the University of Virginia leads to tears, but many of those in the audience wept as two experts talked about coping with the end of a pet’s life. A professor in UVA’s school of nursing and a specialist in end-of-life care, Susan Bauer-Wu has often lectured on death – but this experience was particularly painful for her and her audience.
I’m about to tell you a cautionary tale involving food, phones, fighting and fire.
One evening while preparing dinner, I was on the phone arguing with my oldest son. I don’t remember the subject, I just know I was right and he was wrong. And, I told him so as I lay green beans on a metal steamer in a pot, forgot to add water, then placed the pan over high heat on the stovetop.