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REACH Mentoring Program

By Parnell Thill
Notes from the Small Pond 



March 22, 2019

Once your daughter makes it in the world, you’ve made it. You’re done. Your sons are someone else’s problem.

When your daughter makes it, turns out happy and satisfied and loved and actualized, maybe even a bit avenged, there’s a ringing of a bell, an aria in the space above your head, pianissimo and bright, like a bluebird in the morning, just after dawn, the billion-year-old sun baking your sleeping bag, the vapor of dew rising from your body like smoke or an offering.

She smiles your way, winkingly, noticing you noticing.

“Dad,” she asks. “You okay?”

And you fumble and...

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