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Mark C. N. Sullivan is an editor at a Massachusetts university. He is married and the father of three children. Email
ACTON, Mass. - After his two children are asleep, Michael Sweeney climbs into his empty queen-sized bed and whispers to the dark.
Am I doing well with the kids, Amy? he asks his wife, Madeline Amy, who died in the Sept. 11 World Trade Center attacks. Am I raising them like you would have wanted? After nine months of raising two children by himself, Sweeney still looks for reassurance from the woman who once slept beside him.
Since his wife's death on American Airlines Flight 11, Sweeney, 42, has learned to tie hair ribbons. He attends elementary school ice cream socials and drives his 6-year-old daughter, Anna, to gymnastics practice. At bedtime, he reminds his 4-year-old son, Jack, that Mommy will never come back from being dead.