Taming the wild 'what-ifs'

BETWEEN MINIBIKE DUSTUPS, snake-and-spider invasions of our forts, and a few spectacular collisions (catching too close to the batter, not-quite-clearing-the-diving-board flips), my sisters and I were a tough crew.

Childhood spills and griefs, for us, felt less like catastrophes than healthy challenges met and mastered. If someone had asked me back then—as they did many years later when I was feeling afraid—what I was expecting in the face of those challenges, I probably would have said, "I'm expecting to dust off and get back in the adventure."

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