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My daughter remembers losing her first tooth

and she remembers her Cabbage Patch dolls

My daughter remembers the scary clown on her third birthday

and she remembers her Teddy Ruxpin

My daughter remembers her first day of kindergarten

and she remembers the girl who stepped on her white leather Keds

My daughter remembers saying “I wish Daddy could love me this much”

and she remembers getting stitches underneath her chin

My daughter remembers swimming in the ocean in Hawaii

and she remembers her first crush in pre-school

My daughter remembers a beautiful letter from her best friend

and she remembers naming her cats Ginger Rodgers and Fred Astaire

My daughter remembers saying pupcakes and mazalines and taxiwags

and she remembers singing “Where is Love” on stage as Oliver

But my daughter remembers erroneous acts of cruel behavior

and my daughter remembers her false realities as truths

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