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December 13, 2010

Sarah took her hand, a little uncertainly, but smiled as my mother grasped Sarah's forearm with her other hand. The gesture seemed tribal to me, and I could tell Sarah was uncomfortable, but the look in my mother's eyes was gratitude and something else. Pride.

I had only met her five minutes earlier, but I wanted my mother to look at me with that same feeling.

Sarah turned to me and said, "You're going to be in big trouble at school tomorrow."

"Me?" I lowered the ice pack. My mother made me put it back. “What did I do?"