We share our condolences with the family of Okemos Brown, a preschooler who died in a car crash last week, and we mourn with the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, the K.C. Coombs School and the Mashpee community overall.
The past year has been darkened by a startling number of public and private losses. We read and hear about hundreds of thousands of coronavirus deaths nationwide, thousands across Massachusetts. These numbers can numb our senses as we try to account for them, and they can alter our understanding of the proportion of loss along with our “proper” perspective on it, if there is such a thing.
Yet learning of the death of one child for any reason, of a boy from our town who was just 4 years old, hits us harder and more sharply than does seeing any number of zeroes in a count of fatalities.
Proportion and perspective simply do not apply to a loss such as this—there are only tears that must be shed.