Well this is disappointing. We've arrived already at our VH1: Behind the Music stage? And just when your child was doing so well!
Sure, they've been lost before, but it feels a lot worse when they actually had something to lose this time. Even harder: knowing that they got there because of their own actions ("happening," if you will) rather than due to the all out jerkery of a mortal enemy.
Besides, shouldn't it be that once you achieve your dreams (or what you thought were your dreams) that you should be on top of the world indefinitely?
It's stunning how Seuss can deliver such devastation in such plain words, rhythm and rhyme.