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Tell Your Story Spring 2022 Writing Contest — Finalist

I am Not My Father’s Daughter

Our biology aside

A little girl in a frilly dress
Photo of the writer taken in 1948 by her mother

I was born in 1943 two months premature — no fingernails or toenails and almost no suck reflex. It would be 17 years before the first neonatal care unit was installed in a hospital. Preemies weren’t necessarily expected to live.

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Katharine Valentino

Katharine Valentino

Still trying for the words that make us do and feel good things. Owner at Publication Creators Hub. Editor at Politically Speaking. Top writer in politics.