PARADE Magazine published an excerpt from Chapter 14. In this chapter, the Bushes come to the painful realization that life is precious when they lose their three-year-old daughter Robin to leukemia. While the tragedy of losing a child never fades, President and Mrs. Bush moved—or trudged—forward together with gratitude for the people all around them.
"I remember asking the doctor why this was happening to our little girl, this perfectly beautiful creature. And the doctor said, ‘You have to realize that every well person is a miracle. It takes billions of cells to make up a person. And all it takes is one cell to be bad to destroy a whole person.’ So I came to see that the people who are sitting around alive are the miracles.”
—Barbara Bush told Texas Monthly in February 1988