And it was the same for Sarah. She came into the world crying just like all babies come into the world crying. But Sarah cried a lot, and her parents were worried and frustrated with her, and they always told her to stop crying.
Eventually Sarah did stop crying. In fact, she hadn’t cried for so many years she couldn’t remember the last time she cried. Now suddenly her mother was worried that Sarah didn’t cry. “She’s never satisfied,” she thought.
Sarah didn’t cry when her first boyfriend left her, and mother fretted. Sarah didn’t cry when her grandmother died, and her mother fretted. When Sarah got married and had children, she was frantic to stop the baby from crying as soon as she could after birth. When the doctor told her it was normal, she snapped at him, “There’s nothing normal about crying; it means something is wrong.” The doctor sedated her to shut her up.
Now, it is Sarah’s time to go. Her children gather around her and tell her they love and she knew it to be true—as she had loved them. Her son ran his fingers down the side of her face and drew his hand back and looked at it in awe. His mother had come full circle, and he wiped away her tears.