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sedentary youth

sometimes paul and i run around and wrestle in the backyard. usually my mother will be nearby with nola. every once in a while i'll wonder how she felt about being an older mom. she was 36 when i was born -- and none too athletic -- so i don't have any memory of her running around or even really playing much at all. spinning paul in a circle, playing police/criminal, going on dives to the great barrier reef (which looks surprisingly like our backyard pond), doing tumbles and cartwheels... does she ever watch us and feel a pang that my childhood was nothing like that?

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