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Planting my peach tree

One morning my two brothers were outside planting a garden for their school project. They told Mother to keep me in the house so I wouldn't bother them. I was five and a half years old then.

As I watched them through the screen door, I wanted to go out. I begged Mother to let me go and plant something too. She picked up the seed from the peach I had just finished eating, washed it off, gave it to me, and said to tell the boys to let me plant it in a corner of their garden.

January 4, 1988
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