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‘I want to go home.’ Strong-willed, she wouldn’t budge. There we were, in the middle of a trail on a picture-perfect day for a walk.’: Mom urges ‘sit with them, so they know there’s someone who always will’

“I could have given in. I could have just walked with her back to the car. But I refused. And so we sat. And sat. And sat. For as long as it took for us to work things out. For her to work through her feelings. For me to keep in control of mine.”

‘Whoa,’ he whispers, unwrapping his present. ‘Isn’t he a little young?’ His mom asks, apprehensive.’: Boy gifted iPhone for birthday ‘grows up too fast,’ was a ‘child last year,’ suddenly he’s not

“Noah’s eyes widen. He’d almost forgotten about presents. ‘Which one should I open first?’ It’s a small rectangular box. Noah pulls off the paper. ‘Whoa,’ he says, staring at the white box on the carpet. iPhone 7. He can’t believe it. His parents both have smartphones, so do a lot of kids at school. He’s so excited, he barely notices his grandparents get up to leave. ‘Oh,’ he says absentmindedly, ‘Bye.’”

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