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How many times have we driven past that airport tower?

How many times have you helped lug my suitcases?

And how many times have you stood by those glass doors,

Waving good bye, wishing me well?

The first time, you held back tears as you squeezed my hands in yours.

Good bye for now, you said, go out there and make us proud.

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All things exist independently, yet interdependently.

Time – while the present exists in the here and the now, we can’t dismiss the shaping forces of our past, the consequences of our tomorrows.

Words – while letters are strung together to form words and sentences, they really come to life when you engage in the ideas and concepts conveyed.

Relationships – while two people in a marriage exist as two distinct individuals, these two persons will also become one.

Learning about independence and interdependence teaches me a few things:

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Have you ever had moments in your life when someone or something kindles a spark of gratitude within you and changes your perspective on life ever so subtly, or not so subtly?

I remember one instance, back when I was barely out of my teens, while attending college as a bright-eyed freshman. It was the first day of a “Psychology 101” class. Everyone in class looked around my age, except a 60-plus-years-old African American woman. I will never forget what she said as we went around a seated circle introducing ourselves.

After working hard all my life, and seeing my five children grow up, go to school and graduate from college, it is finally my turn.”

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