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You were my best friend. When I was young you chased away nightmares. You taught me to make friends, to not lie, to always have fun, and to treat others with respect. Last year you left. This isn't about the divorce you caused with your cheating. This isn't about the affair, or the lies, or the alcohol abuse. This isn't about the plane accident your boyfriend got you into. This is about you leaving me. You promised me that you would do anything for me if I just asked. I begged you not to go. I begged you to come home after the hospital. I begged you to keep loving me. You told me you'd always love me, that nothing would change. But here I am, it's been two months since the mother that I was so close to for 18 years has told me she loved me, or has talked to me for that...
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I am writing to provide an overview of the current challenges facing Kensington Palace as we seek to protect Prince George and Princess Charlotte from harassment and surveillance by paparazzi photographers. I hope our experience will inform the ongoing effort to uphold standards on the protection of children in a rapidly changing media landscape. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have expressed their gratitude to British media organisations for their policy of not publishing unauthorised photos of their children. This stance, guided not just by their wishes as parents, but by the standards and codes of the industry as it relates to all children, is to be applauded. They are pleased also that almost all reputable publications throughout the Commonwealth – in particular Australia,...
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"Perverted" "Disgusting" "Freak" "Shemale" "It" "Tranny" Those are just some of the words I've heard used to describe my 9-year-old daughter and others like her. As her family, we've had our share of run-ins with those who disagree with us since her social transition 5 years ago. Some of the gentler conversations stemmed from a lack of understanding about what it meant to be transgender and how a young child could understand themselves in those terms. I welcomed those discussions because they were usually coming from a desire to be educated. I still love having them when the opportunity presents. However, my husband and I have had other conversations filled with intrusive questions filled with implications about my husband's role in the family, why I wasn't stepping up...
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I rarely get to see my family now we live in different states of the US, but a recent rare reunion between studying allowed my sister, brother and I to reminisce about all those cross-US holidays our parents would take us on. You all know the sort, the ones where you stay with your grandparents in the middle of nowhere for half the summer, hanging out with random kids from the area and flirting with boys. Well for us it would be to Kentucky, just down the road from the army base. Our grandparents on my mum’s side had live out there all their lives and we’d make the trip out for a few weeks to see them every summer or so. They were always fun but what we chatted about was how much we’d hate the idea of them back then, being taken away for our friends from most of the summer and feel...
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Dear Family, vaccine1As you all know, I am madly in love with your children. Their health and their future is of the utmost importance to me. In fact, there is nothing more important to me than their future well being. That said, we need to talk. As you all know your father and I have been closely involved in the medical profession for most of our adult lives. During the past 40 years we have observed – from front row seats – many changes in how medicine is practiced. As a reminder, here is a brief synopsis of your father’s medical career: Was a resident in internal medicine for 18 months Completed a three year residency in anatomic pathology Taught medical school for seven years Did a residency in general practice, passed the necessary exam and became a Board Certified...
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Being a mother is simply the greatest achievement of my life. It has taken me on an unexpected journey that can constantly surprise, educate and confuse me! The emotional connection I feel towards my children brings boundless elation and joy as well as the inevitable worry and concern. They are a wonder to me every day. From a teenage son through to a toddler daughter, each moment of every day is filled with different energies, activities, feelings and a lot of comedy. From playing sport to lounging on the sofa, each of my children fill every second with laughter, music and discussion. They are kind hearted and well-mannered and have incredibly enquiring minds, and I feel incredibly blessed to be surrounded by these phenomenal human beings. Being in a position where they live such a...
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I am so, so alone There's nobody to talk to They're all gone, nobody home I miss my children, and yes, my wife too I can do whatever I want Write a poem, or an open letter Watch TV, play the computer But none of that makes me feel any better Nothing can extinguish the sadness I feel so sad from deep within Oh, the thought, this will last for two weeks Nothing I can do, not a thing I wrote my wife an e-mail Told her that I miss her That put a smile on my face But I only feel a little better In a few weeks they will be home again The silence will definitely go away Things will be as it was again And then, yes then, will I wish for another quiet day
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Dear "Glue of the Family,” Thank you for creating the memories with my family that I will remember for a lifetime. From the moment I walk into our family gatherings to the moment I leave, I never feel more loved. You have never thought twice about doing everything in your power to make sure everyone has a wonderful time when we are with you, even if that means playing referee in family disputes over the last turkey leg. During holidays, I know you are stressed because of how many mouths you have to feed and how many presents or decorations you have to prepare. As I grow older, I understand just how difficult it is to coordinate schedules. I appreciate the time you take to make sure we are always happy. You're constantly making my favorite dishes or stocking up on my favorite snack when...
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Hi, Daddy. It never crossed my mind that one day I'd be writing you this messy and unorganized letter. We both knew that when I was growing up, I didn't really have a father that I could look up to. Yes, we were best of friends when I was still your little girl. You taught me how to swim and how to love the beach. We'd play a lot of boy games even though I wasn't really a boy, but what we did not know was fate also played games with our family. I was too young to understand why you and Mommy had to live separately. Why I had to be with you during the weekdays and be with Mommy on the weekends (or vice versa). Why I had to choose when we can live together. I never knew the reason why until I figured it out on my own. I just wanted to deny and say that it wasn't real....
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Dear Parents, I'm a Non-Parent. I'm someone who watches what you do and how you do it. I judge you, but not in the ways that you might think. For example, as a non-parent, I have no idea what it's like to be in a grocery store with a child who's having a meltdown over the fact that you're not buying Froot Loops. You might notice how lucky I am, as a Non-Parent, to simply walk away from the scene and go on with my "carefree," childless life. I know sometimes Parents have the notion that we Non-Parents think we know everything, and that we think we'd do everything differently than you. Not so, Parents. When I see you dealing with the Froot Loop meltdown in aisle seven, I'm sending you genuine thoughts of patience and grace. If I were in your shoes, I'd probably have a...
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