Been hoping to find someone who has seen this movie
and now reading Jane Hawkings' memoir: Travelling to Infinity.
I knew it would be well written. She was a literature major
and finishes her PHD during the early years of marriage.
Stephen and Jane Hawkings' marriage was strong.
Their community was strong.
There was always a neighbor in Cambridge who came to the rescue,
mostly without being called. Cell phones would have been wonderful!
Their active 2 year old son, Robert, climbed up to read the medicine
and drank it! He was energetic and " the living personification of all that was
good and positive in our world and our relationship." As he
lay in the hospital, Jane wrote that he looked " as beatific
as a Bellini cherub."
She prayed this mantra : "Please God, don't let him die"
"That day Robert survived , but a little bit of me died. Some,
though not all, of that extravagant youthful optimism which had
fired me with so much enthusiasm now lay buried beneath a
heavy burden of anxiety, that dull care in its ravelled sleave,
which once it infects the mind is never banished."
" I became neurotically protective."
I think I still can be " neurotically protective" of my grown children
and when anxiety weighs heavy so I have a similar " mantra prayer":
Please Lord help him/ her. Don't let them ....