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The other day Big Kid and I were talking about nothing in particular when out of nowhere, with a slight defiant tilt of his chin, he announced, "When I'm away at college, I plan on spending at least one Thanksgiving with my friends. If I have any friends," he hastily added."You'll have friends! Of course you'll have friends, people always like you.""Well, that's what I'm going to do," his 10-year-old self said, meeting my gaze.I stifled a laugh that we were having this conversation right now and put on my serious face. . . .

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