I try to find humor where pain resides. I joke about my father’s preference for a son, his rejection of his daughters.
It isn’t funny, of course, but why wallow.
That’s what I tell myself.
Then comes the local news tonight. An infant girl, just 3 months old, was critically injured here this week.
Her father, a local chiropractor, shook her, causing brain injury and 28 fractures to her tiny bones.
He explained his actions, after his arrest, this way:
She was fussy, he told police… and he was disappointed – because she was a girl.