I could easily dissolve into wrenching sobs reading "someone to hold on to." The writer, Mara Eve Robbins, won the Real Simple Life Lessons essay contest with this beautifully written, honest, authentic, and painfully personal vignette. It's a glimpse into a life that I have an irrationally large fear of, as I've mentioned in the past. Something about the job of reporting news, where we often tell stories of horrible and senseless tragedies, has implanted a paranoia in me about losing the people I love. I don't allow myself to get wholly consumed in the morbid possibilities, but deep in the corners of where my biggest fears live, this one looms large.