What would you think of a mother who purposefully set out to make her 10-month-old baby girl cry — just so she could record the breakdown and publish it on YouTube for the entire world to see?
Would you champion that mother as the prime protector of her offspring?
Or would you instead be bothered by the unnecessary spectacle of a mother exploiting the emotional well-being of her vulnerable baby for entertainment purposes?
They say that time heals — I beg to differ. It may cloud and diminish generalities, but on this day, every year, the pain is still the pain that only the gut wrenching sorrow that the loss of a child can bring. True that pain is confined to this day and this day alone and in spite of all my efforts and strategies over the years to cope with it, deal with it, or even try to ignore it altogether, I never quite manage to do so.
A year ago, Elizabeth and I were in baby bathing heaven and didn’t even know it. We could go out at any time and buy a bottle of Mrs. Meyer’s Baby Clean Day Hair and Body Shampoo — with such an amazing scent and power to leave our Chaim Yosef’s hair soft and easily brush-able, who could possibly find fault? Well it turns out that Mrs. Meyer’s had a big problem with the shampoo and body wash — namely, that it wasn’t selling well compared to their soaps and detergents. They did what any other company would do in their position — they killed the product outright, without consulting with customers to see if there was something they could do to make them want to perhaps buy a few more. As soon as we found that this was the case, we found just about every single bottle that we could and bought it.