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Yvonne Abraham

What do I tell you, my son?

You have no idea, my sweet son, why I suddenly need to hold you all the time.

Why I keep holding you, long after you’ve started squirming, eager to get back to the important business of being 5. I close my eyes and squeeze for a few seconds more, feeling your warmth, smelling your hair, trying to imprint memories.

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