A Parent Is Born
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A Parent Is Born

What’s Your Ornament Story?

Love, loss, healing, and hope — it all goes on the tree.

The reindeer is always first.

Or, at least, that has been true since my daughter was three, when she was old enough to have a favorite ornament, one she picked herself from among hundreds crowding a holiday market. Back home, I lifted her up to stand on the arm of the sofa, so her little arms could place the glittery jewel-toned prancer high enough on the tree to catch the eye.

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David Valdes

David Valdes

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David Valdes is a Cuban-American playwright and author. He’s written about family, race, and LGBTQ issues for the New York Times, Boston Globe, and HuffPo.