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Emily Popek

June 8, 2013

Growing up means letting go

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My daughter will grow up and leave my home; my plants will live out their life cycles, or not, but will certainly not last forever. That ache I felt when I caught a glimpse of Don Egolf the other day feels like a faint premonition of the poignancy of parenting — the knowledge that each step forward my child takes is, in a sense, a step away from me. The challenge, then, is to be sustained by those fleeting moments of sweetness, so that when change does inevitably come, I can meet it with a smile on my face.

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