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We will hold this gift tightly each day as we gain experience and perspective. It will be with us through each milestone we achieve and challenge we face. It will later become a family heirloom.
A family is much like a building. A building of strength has a foundation strong enough to bear the challenges of life -- defeat, disappointment, failure.
You would think that people would be more relaxed at this time, but for many it is the opposite. It is not a time for "holy days," for true connection and contemplation, but instead a time of stress and despair.
I ask all the parents out there to take a moment to try and remember the many close, warm instances not linked with any grand holiday or ritual, all those beautiful moments of love.
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