Penny and her mom, Sept. 1977

Veda and her mom, June 2009

"...there is the unmistakable in-the-middleness that parenthood illuminates for you -- the realization that you might not actually be the center of the universe after all, but that it *does* surround you, in time as well as space ... You see that just as sure as this little being came from you, you came from someone else yourself. The honor then becomes not that you started or finished anything, but simply that you get to take part..."

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