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When I Was in First Grade, I Picked a Stuffed Animal Out of the Prize Box

And the games began

Photo by Martin Brechtl on Unsplash

In my family, we had rules.

  1. School is for learning, not for friends.
  2. If you don’t want to be a doctor, you can be an engineer.

I was in first grade when I had my first run-in with what was to become rule number four. As one of two…




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