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So maybe the dogs have moved up in my affections. Maybe I spend a little more time pampering them than I used to. Perhaps they fill a hole, now that I'm not needed as a mother, the way I was for the past 24 years.
There was a certain language they spoke, that cliché "parentese," that I swore would never pass my lips.