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The daughter I never had

I always thought I wanted a daughter, but the time was never right for a second baby. I had one excuse after another—until at last I realized that one child was enough for me. It was time to make absolutely certain that my birthing years were over.

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My son, myself

I’d been hoping for a daughter who would play with dolls as I used to do. Instead I had a son with a passion for trucks (the noisier, the better). It was not what I expected, but I’ve learned to like surprises.

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Away from it all

When we rented a getaway cottage in Maine one long-ago summer, we pictured ourselves eating fresh-caught lobster on a deck overlooking the water. Little did we know we had rented the homeliest of yurts.

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Written on the body

The scars and sags on my body are like dings on a well-used car. But to me these so-called “imperfections” are mementos of where I’ve been and what’s happened along the way.

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Friends no matter what

Like a good marriage, the good friendship bends and expands to accommodate life’s transitions.

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Mommy’s too old

When a woman in her 50s or 60s becomes pregnant, she has another shot at youth. But what does she lose?

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It’s not my problem

Liberation means no more search and rescue.

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My bicultural identity

I chose to make Canada my home, but the U.S. is still my native land.

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The hat that got away

It was perfect in every way, as if the hat gods had created it just for me. But I told myself I couldn’t afford it.

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A parent’s place

I didn’t want to say yes when my right hand man requested an eleventh-hour adoption leave. But I couldn’t afford to say no.

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