What is the time if the big hand is on the 12 and the little hand is on the five?” “Five o’clock, far.”

With teary eyes she says, “Far, I miss mor!” “I know you do,” I tell her as I brush a strand of brown hair behind her ear. “It’s okay to miss mor, and you should miss mor, darling. But you should try to miss her in a nice way. You don’t have to miss her and get upset. You can miss her and be happy.”

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