My daughter still believes. She will turn nine in less than a month, but for Christmas she composed and decorated her Santa gift list, researched recipes for cookies on the Internet and asked whether this season, she landed in the naughty or nice category. As her mother, I adore this stage, fraught with innocence and godliness of children who still believe in magic, wonder and the glimmers of goodness in the world.

Read the rest of this essay on the First Day. 



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