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  • My first-born learned a lesson today, one I'm sure she'll learn again and again.

    She discovered she'd outgrown her favorite shoes, the black spar-ka-wee ones. I watched without her seeing me as she tried over and over again to shove her feet into them. She twisted and contorted and slammed her feet against the wall, into the shoes. No dice.

    She started to cry a little bit until she got a brilliant idea...she carried the shoes over to her dresser, arranged them with great care, and went about putting a spell on them. She repeated the spell a few times, tried her luck again, and then collapsed in frustration when the shoes still didn't fit.

    It's just a lesson about shoes, I guess, but really, it could be a lesson about anything. Once you outgrow something, it's hard to go back. No matter how hard you wish the shoe would still fit. It's really hard to go back.

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