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I haven’t put a photo in an album since 2007. Let that sink in.

Springtime gatherings always remind me how I totally blew it as my family’s photo archivist. With graduation parties and other milestone celebrations popping up like dandelions, I’m facing the beast almost daily. My eyes fall upon impeccable, thorough, chronological picture displays. They’re theme-infused art installations, always monstrously lovely. The orderly shots of others’ lives tell such sweet stories, yet leave me in a dark room of guilt.

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A childhood devoid of school lunches and VBS

My son’s two claims to fame are 1) he had a childhood devoid of Vacation Bible School and 2) he never bought food in the school cafeteria. By the time my daughter started kindergarten, lunches had become a parenting statement. God forbid if you packed a Smuckers Uncrustable; if you ever resorted to a Lunchable, be prepared for a home visit from CPS.

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Build up the campfire and tell me a story

Gathered around a fire, adults start forging connections for the little ones. Sometimes they’re connections to the values we want them to grow up with, sometimes they’re connections to the magic or mystery in the world that might inspire their imagination.

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A loose tooth puts a bite on capitalism

If you’ve paid attention to young parents on social media, you are aware that a child’s first tooth loss experience often morphs into a bidding war. Over-achieving parents boast how their Tooth Fairy is far more generous than the rest of the world.

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