def. "Any time unlike things bump up against each other, you can describe it as a juxtaposition. Imagine a funeral mourner telling jokes graveside, and you get the idea — the juxtaposition in this case is between grief and humor. Juxtaposition of two contrasting items is often done deliberately in writing, music, or art — in order to highlight their differences." ~ Vocabulary.com
- One friend delivered a beautiful, healthy, baby boy after 15 failed fertility cycles.
- A second friend (who was told she'd never be able to get pregnant) delivered tiny, perfect fraternal twins who were born too soon at 21 weeks to survive. The heartbroken mother and father held their babies as they passed from this world.
- How does one arrange an order for both a celebration flower arrangement, and a sympathy flower basket in the same phone call?
- A great-Aunt goes into the hospital with congestive heart failure and develops pneumonia, slipping into that quiet place between life and death, hanging there while a family hopes the medicine will work.
- Harris driving down to the Lake in the midst of raging thunderstorms while I watch the sky for a tornado that is a few miles away. Then, arriving safely to find out the power is off and likely won't be restored until the next day.
- Floating with my mom in the clear peaceful water, watching the clouds drift by slowly, nice breeze coming from shore, and all I can think is "Please, God. Please, God. Please, God. Please, God. Please, God." How can I feel this desperate in the midst of such tranquility.
- Channel 42, news story about a woman who killed her infant. Channel 43, Dateline about a man who didn't want his wife to have a child because she'd get fat. Channel 44, Snookie's pregnancy update. Channel 45, "Forrest Gump." Channel 46, "Toddlers and Tiaras."
- A friend, who's hoping to start her second career in May (thanks to a layoff), receives notice that she has 6 weeks of unemployment left during her one week break from nursing school this summer.
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