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Ode to the Child

She is chubby fingers and strawberry blonde hair, whispy and thin like sun-bleached wheat.
In the morning, she is eyes squinted with sleep, little slits against a soft, pale face.
She is legs too young and stiff for normal steps, walking deliberate, zombie-like.
She is fearless, words proclaimed with puffed chest, rosy cheeks.
At lunchtime, she is yogurt and squash on her nose, shirt, shoes.
She is pudgy hands that do not yet know the weight of utility bills, insurance payments, gas prices.
At two years old, she is the things we too often forget—how to love, effortlessly—an unplanned smile, a shared laugh.

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Marisa Donnelly, M.Ed., is a writer/editor, credentialed teacher, proud bonus mama, and CEO of Be A Light Collective, a coaching and content creation business and digital marketplace. She is the Director of Donnelly’s Daily Apple, a flexible learning/tutoring and educational resource platform, and the lead voice for Momish Moments and Step by Step Parents, verticals dedicated to sharing and advocating for non-traditional parenting journeys. Marisa currently resides in San Diego, California, with her fiancé, kiddo, and their two rambunctious Pitbulls. ❤️

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