I am a lecturer of some renown — passionate, articulate and persuasive — my audience glued to their seats. Plus they have their seat belts firmly in place (clear evidence of an effective lecture) and I hold them captive. At least until they are self-sufficient (more lectures).
Here’s today’s lecture: Every, every, every problem has a solution. And your father and I will always, always, always love you. Period. End of speech.
But I have so much more to say.
I am keenly aware of the impact suicide has on a family. It struck ours in 2007. My heart breaks for the family of the young man who took his life at Crescenta Valley High on Friday. For the students, teachers and staff who witnessed his death. For friends who lost a loved one. And for Drew Ferraro himself. Suicide is a confusing, messy death. Mental pain and anguish is as lethal as a sudden heart attack or an undiagnosed cancer. It just looks so much uglier from the outside.