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Tires screech on the parking lot pavement.

My father giving me a haircut (1954). Photo credit: Glenna Lou

My father was a child of the Great Depression

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This isn’t what I expected.

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I welcomed the adventure and solitude the road offered.

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Part 4 of 4: She was empty now, empty as a newborn.

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Part 3 of 4: Colleen imagined herself and the birth mother raising the child side-by-side.

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Part 2 of 4: Colleen’s destiny in life was to be Donna Reed to some forsaken and lonely little girl.

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Part 1 of 4: You will do great things when you grow up.

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A love story told from two points of view

Daryl’s Story

After our third was born, I decided to do it. Well, actually, Cindy helped me decide. She said no more pokes until I got myself fixed. She got tired of having kids was what it amounted to. She said she’d gone through the morning sickness and the pain and the gettin’ skinny afterwards enough for one life, and if she could do all that and feed and clothe and clean up after three little ones, then the least I could do was go to the clinic and have myself interrupted.

K.C. Knouse

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