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It Doesn't Have To Be That Way, You Know

The other day Maddie and I were walking to school, Cora scootering on ahead. Maddie was holding my hand, pausing every once and a while to give me a brief, affectionate hug. As we neared the school Maddie grew quiet, clearly thinking about something.

“Hey, kiddo, what’cha thinking about?” I asked lightly.

“I’m just thinking about how much I’ll hate being a teenager,” Maddie replied soberly.

“Why do you think that?” I asked neutrally.

“Because when I’m a teenager I’m not going to want to snuggle you and I’ll really miss that,” she said sadly.

I paused. “You know, not all teenagers hate snuggling with their parents,” I said.

Maddie perked up. “Really?” I nodded.

“Then I definitely want to be one of THOSE teenagers!” she said, and skipped happily ahead.

Oh, kiddo, from your mouth to God's ears.


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