Alice spent most of the past nine days getting to know and knowing better the people who adored her even before they met her. Who love her. From hundreds of miles away, from even whole time zones apart.

Duluth, Minn. No fan of the snow suit, likely to come around on the snow.

Where we live, 13 percent of people were born out of state. It must mean even more were born outside the county.

That seems like a lot.

So many long-distance phone calls, and miss you’s, and see you soon’s. Hugs hello and kisses goodbye.

Until next time.

We strap her into carseats and bundle her onto planes, connecting points on a map, showing her all the places that are home.

We celebrated her first Thanksgiving twice because there was that much of it to go around. And then some.


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