October 25, 2011
Two months before his fourth birthday, his dad commits suicide in the garage of the grandparents' house while they're on vacation. He knew his dad was sad because the family wasn't together anymore, and he was sad too, but now he doesn't understand why there has to be even more sadness, the forever kind, and tells his mom he doesn't like the pain. The day after the funeral he draws a picture that, in typical kid fashion, has to be interpreted by the artist. "Dad was mad and then he died," he says. "This is him eating cupcakes in heaven."