From the Washington Post. The setting:
Not far from the lush, rolling landscape of Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, this was the place where [Jonathan Myrick] and his wife, Cathy, bought a home when their boys were young. They liked the pool and play area, the little lake and woods, the way it seemed that kids could run down the block and play outside.
But in 2003, Cathy grew ill with a genetic disorder of the blood vessels, which ultimately required a liver transplant. The surgery did not go well. A day before Mother’s Day, she died. She was 40; the boys were 6 and 4.
Myrick had no idea how to start life as a single parent. He just did. Thinking back, he said: “You just focus on the kids and go from there.”
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