I went down to Texas to meet Chris in 2010. I spent the weekend hunting with him and his son, getting to know his family a little bit, meeting his wife, and watching him with his kids. I was watching this marriage, which on many ways was on a heal, reeling from this war that they had endured together, as well as the book, put together by Jim DeFelice, which had been dictated after that.
My old book and I went down the stairs and curled up with three children under a blanket on the couch. The Giving Tree I read loudly, so excited to share this special book from my childhoodwith them. Within four minutes, two children were sobbing uncontrollably and one (the smallest one) had run away to escape the mayhem I had created.