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Rachel’s Tale: “Your Heart Doesn’t Up Close When Your Individual Dies” 3

Within our Your Stories series, those who have lost a cherished one share their unique viewpoint through essays, poetry and artwork. One year ago, Rachel Brougham’s spouse Colin died in a biking accident just 39. Right right Here, she covers life, love — and dating — as being a young widow.

Behind me as I walk down the sidewalk, the sound repeats itself. There’s a stomp, a crunch then laughter. Often we hear, “Ooh, that has been an excellent one, ” or “That’s an one that is big there! ” Then it starts yet again.

It’s March in Minneapolis, Minnesota — the full time of the year when all that snowfall melts in the day then refreezes during the night, producing chunks of ice and puddles that are giant town pavements and roads.

The stomp is my 10-year-old son Thom, and my boyfriend Matt, slamming their legs on chunks of ice. Whenever it crunches and breaks aside, they laugh. Continue reading