Joy in the Morning: Remembering a Teenager

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I held the birthday box Susan handed to me. She turned toward the kitchen counter, wearing fan-legged red shorts, her back to me, now two inches taller than my five feet, two inches. Suddenly, the present seemed out of place in time. I thought, It's as though she's a butterfly about to flutter away. Why can't I hold on to her?

I stretched on my toes and kissed the side of her face. ... Susan left the kitchen to change clothes. She and Robin and some friends were going to hear a concert and speaker that night. I stood in one spot, pondering that feeling as though a clock of separation were ticking: a clock that had begun a month earlier in St. Augustine. Susan herself had initiated spending the time with her parents. All that day, I wanted to reach out, touch, and embrace her in answer to a strong and un-vague impulse-an impulse that I was losing my daughter and there was nothing I could do about it.

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Midge Smith lives in Jacksonville, Florida, with her husband; they are members of San Jose Baptist Church. She enjoys sewing, writing, traveling with her family, and loving her grandson, who she says is "from the heart of God". This is her first book.

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