The Families We Choose
“I didn’t know I had made a family of friends until it was already happening.”
Helena Fitzgerald has published essays in The New Inquiry, Vice, Brooklyn Magazine, Midnight Breakfast, Refinery29, The Nervous Breakdown, The Rumpus, and Bookslut, among many others. She can be found on twitter @helfitzgerald, and writes a somewhat-weekly tinyletter at http://tinyletter.com/griefbacon. She is currently at work on a book about the 1977 blackout in New York City.
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We had other places we called home, other cities and countries and people who weren’t present that we loved.
When my grandfather threatened to kill himself, I began to wonder if, as he sees it, he has effectively stopped living.