Here it is, the saddest picture on the Internet:


Here it is, the divvying up of a Beanie Baby collection in a court room, the proceedings of a divorce. As friends and family watch on. As a child watches on. Even their posture on the floor suggests children playing a game: deciding who gets to play with Bronty or Quackers or Chocolate the Moose. Even as an obsessive this kind of thing bums me out.


The question I have: did they both like the collecting? Did they both go to the flea markets on Saturday mornings together, was this a shared interest--a foundation to their marriage? If so, what has changed? If not, is this purely about the hypothetical money, or rather, is it about hurting the ones we used to love?



One Million Maniacs, 2017