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You have crafted a moving story full of hometruths and magical word pictures. Your choice of elegant quotations made useful intermissions along the way.

My father died with his boots on seven years ago at the age of 82. Four years later, three years ago, my mother passed away at age 66 from an aneurysm of the same kind that fell your mother.

I take what comfort I can from knowing they suffered only briefly. Lives are sometimes shorter than hoped, but better that than being haunted by a living death drawn out through years of pain and decline.

"I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection."

Thomas Paine
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