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“They’re not growing,” I said, frowning at my dad.

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Aunt Effie was the “neighborhood healer” in her community of Noble, Oklahoma. When I was visiting and scraped my arm or had a stomachache, she always had the right potion, poultice, roots, soak or fern to treat the ailment.

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It wasn’t really the best of situations. My wife had volunteered to drive her Arizona snowbird parents from our place in southern Idaho back to their home in the far-northern extreme of the Idaho Panhandle, a tedious 10-hour drive under ideal conditions made even more taxing and time-consuming by the demands and requirements of her octogenarian passengers.

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When we first got married, we lived in a single-wide trailer on a chunk of land outside of Bozeman. The trailer was older than the two of us combined. Well, not quite, but it groaned and creaked like it.

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Congratulations, you're still here!

Isn't that a little like how we all feel right now? We have hung on – maybe just by our fingertips – but we are still here.

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In country music, picking wildflowers is a euphemism for the kind of shenanigans my 8- and 5-year-old daughters know nothing about. Their earnest cries to pick wildflowers is completely innocent and 100% literal.

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