A couple weeks ago WCCO did an interview with my family promoting the book I am writing. One of the questions they asked me was, “What do you think Shawn would say about you writing a book?”

Of course, what gets edited for the news is not always the full response. In the interview I say something like, “he’d be glad.”  A dear friend wrote to me after the interview televised and said, “Jen, I think Shawn would be more than glad.”

She is right. My answer is quite longer. What would Shawn think or say? I can only specutate. But it may be something like this:

“Jen, I am glad you wrote this book. I want the best for you. I want you to be content. Happiness isn’t a guarantee in life and life isn’t about being happy. Life is about resolve. Life is about engagement. Life is about connecting with others. Life is about love. These are the things I want for you. I want you to be content. I want you to move. Do something with your life. Play with our kids. Sing at church. Write a book. Do something. Don’t let the end of my life be the end of your life. I am sorry you had to endure loss. You didn’t choose your struggle, but you do choose how you will respond to your struggle. I am glad that you are living strong. Yes, I am glad.” 

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