Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass. Anton Chekhov
"The Sweet Letting Go" by Mary Ernie O'Dell
This is without a doubt the best story I've read in a long time! I couldn't put it down (and didn't, except to take nourishment and go to the bathroom). Reward yourself with the pleasure of its company -- you'll remember Jess and Ren long after the last page is turned.