My baby cousin, Kaitlyn, paid me a visit. She discovered a set of stacked coasters and began taking them apart, then piling everything up again. She had everything upside down at first, and I was leaning down to help her when my mother said, "Let her do it herself."

"But I don't want her to know that the world is hard," I said, then did the thing that was hard, and struggled to let her struggle.

August 27, 2003

Mary Beth is an introvert.

She is eager to communicate but prefers doing so via email, a giant stage, or intense conversation about Important Things.

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