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Getting over my daughter-longing

Raising three boys, I longed for many years for a little girl. Then I realized something about mothering a daughter.

Recently, I overheard some people — who were sitting way too close to me at the beach — talking about camping. One of them said, “When I bought my RV . . .” and I immediately thought, Those are words that will never come out of my mouth. Nothing against RVs, but owning one just isn’t in my future.

I started to wonder what other phrases I would never utter. “My daughter” immediately sprang to mind — and zing went my heart. Some context: I have three sons. They’re very close in age, so when they were little, most days it felt as if I were managing a pack of dogs rather than thoughtfully rearing children.

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