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    Facing the Upside Down

    I had a pretty unusual reaction to the sight of my kid on roller skates for the first time. Surrounded by flashing lights, loud music, and laughter, what came throbbing out of my throat was nothing less than a sob. From the depths of my stomach. From the depths of my soul. My oldest boy bravely trying….oh, he was trying. But those slick wheels paid no mind. They spun and he flopped. So. Many. Times. I watched from across the rink with a baby on my hip, unable to reach him. And my biggest fear at that moment was not a bone-splintering kind, the kind I felt in my own…

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    Sister Spheres and the Space Between

    When you’re ten years older than your little sister, you leave for college and she is only nine. When you move away from home to start a new job and a new life she is only fourteen. So, in your mind, she stays fourteen and it is an impossibility that she could grow into a woman and do grown-up things because when you left, she was your little sister and little sisters do not grow up. Despite all Maggie’s own accomplishments away at college and as a teacher post-graduation, in my mind I often catch myself thinking of her in the same place I left her more than a decade…