Levy: The best was when I would run into them, and they would just look at me and burst into tears. And I liked that very much. I have to be honest with you, I found that extremely validating. I was like “Okay, good. That is the right effect for me to be having on people right now. I want to make everyone I see burst into tears.” [Laughs] So, I’m not at all kidding when I say I loved it when that would happen, because then I could just cry, and we could just soak each other with emotion and that was the only authentic way for me to interact for a while.
And this knowledge is painful at times. It's why every sappy commercial brings us to tears. It's why we can't watch the news. It's why we get in the car and cry after we drop our kids off to their first day of school. It's why food allergies are terrifying. It's why our hearts ache when we hear about miscarriage or fertility problems. It's why we are up at night worrying about our teens. It's why the thought of our children eventually leaving the nest makes us weep into our coffee. It's why the death of another mother's child is so utterly heartbreaking . .