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by Rob Cook


Because everyone knew they could count on him

because he gave his all at work and at home


because of the deadline & so much focus for so long

because of stress & adrenaline & lack of sleep


because his wife was normally the one to drop off the baby at daycare

because of nonstop meetings all morning & only at lunch did he remember


because it was 98 degrees in the sun & hotter in the car

because of skin so dry & body so limp & 911 & ambulance & coma & hospital


because her family flew in & how could he have forgotten

because after 3 days the baby was OK but he was not