The world forgets, even the family. A child born to not live is a child the world knows not how to remember.
Do you know this baby as a fragile infant, too weak to cry, too weak to move? Do you think this baby as a toddler, and add ages?
He would know his father, he would love his mother.
It was today, two years ago. 730 days of which not one has been lost. Born in the evening, he lasted until the night. His birth and his death are demarcated by a single date.
The day comes. Now the day goes. The silent phone screams of a world which has moved beyond. No grandmothers or aunts or uncles remember this date. A child born to die is a child forgotten. A child who was not.
But not to parents. Father and mothers who can bury but who can never let go. A man and a woman whose hearts are etched with each precious second of memory.
Pough-chan. You were ours but for hours. I held you as you drew your last breath, and all of the strength of a grown man could not save you. I washed your face with my tears. We placed you in the casket with toys and stuffed animals. We filled it with flowers and kisses and sent you on an eternal journey with nothing to guide you but our love.
Tonight, I drink. I drink to remember. I drink to forget. I drink to remember the love, the precious breaths you took. I drink to forget the darkness. The breaths you forgot.
Oh, Pough. My son, my son. That anything could bring you back. That anything could have made you stay.
Soon there will be a sister. A baby who cries. A baby who moves. A baby who lives and grows. The world remembers the living, but parents never forget the past.
Ian Pough. Born September 20, 2008. Died September 21, 2008. A tiny life, but loved by all.