Everything you need to understand or teach People Like That Are the Only People Here by Lorrie Moore.
“People Like That Are the Only People Here: Canonical Babbling in Peed Onk,” is a story by Lorrie Moore. It was originally published in The New Yorker in 1997. In 1998, it was republished in Moore’s story collection Birds of America. The story follows a mother after her one-year-old son is diagnosed with a cancerous tumor. The story focuses especially on the mother’s feelings of distress and her attempts to remain strong in the face of hardship and uncertainty. This story explores themes of distress, uncertainty, and optimism.