Elfin Magic

It was December 23, 2009. Our adult children were home for Christmas. It was day two of five. The three sons-in- laws played the board game, War in one room. Our daughters were on electronic devices—shopping.

Our granddaughter was now sprawled on the floor in the open-concept living room-kitchen in front of the television, which blared full blast on the Discovery Channel.

I couldn’t look at the screen. Somewhere a zebra was being taken down by an enormous cat. I would have preferred the Disney Channel, but Discovery was the parent-approved choice.

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