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Listen!

This morning, after a breakfast of fruit, yogurt, and banana bread, Liliana reaches up and says, “Hold you?”  We sit on the patio overlooking the beach and the palm trees, and she says, “Listen!”

“Palm trees,” she exclaims and waves her hands back and forth.

“Noisy bird,” she says.  She mimics his cry.

“Whoosh!  Big wave!” she says.

I want to hold her forever, listening with the same attentive ears.  I want to experience life this deliciously close always.

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The quote I live by

Have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart. Try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books written in a foreign language. Do not now look for the answers. They cannot now be given to you because you could not live them. It is a question of experiencing everything. At present you need to live the question. Perhaps you will gradually, without even noticing it, find yourself experiencing the answer, some distant day.
--Rainer Maria Rilke in Letters to a Young Poet

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