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July 12, 2018

She had a Doc McStuffins sphygmomanometer around her arm when I walked into the room. With her fourth birthday freshly behind her, she’d probably decided it was finally time to take stock of her health. When she heard me entering the room, she didn’t turn around right away. Rather, she slowly, methodically finished taking her blood pressure, examining the little, eternally immobile plastic display with religious assiduity.

“Dad,” she explained when the imaginary reading was complete. “Guess what? I’m not dead!”

“That’s good, honey,” I said. “That’s wonderful.”

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