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October 5, 2006
My sister drops something bright into my hand. It's an object I had never seen before: a silver charm bracelet with a seagull charm, a small square engraved Made in Maine, three round tags and a heart-shaped one. On closer inspection, I see each tag carries the initials of one of my siblings. The heart-shaped one is mine. The charm bracelet belonged to Mom. The seagull represented Dad, and each of the charms her children. It was made for her in Maine, where we spent the happiest summers together. I wore it all day, thought of Mom, and smiled.