To My Mother, Twenty-Four
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[NB: I don't think this is done, but that might just mean more letters]

To the woman this is addressed to: you are not a mother. You aren’t even a wife. In three years, you will be both. You’ll give birth to your first child just over a year after you get married. You’ll give birth to your second and last nineteen months after that. It will be obvious how your second child will change you: you’ll go back to school, determined to become his advocate. You’ll strive to defend children like him across the world from the cultures that would kill them. You’ll pull our family together instead of letting us fall apart, proving the definition of dragon mom to all of us.

I just turned your age, twenty-four. Our paths have been different and the end result almost shockin...

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