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    I drove all day to the beach
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    And threw my body on the sand
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    In the dark
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    Underneath a million stars and what I think was possibly the visible Milky Way.
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    And squeezing my child's hand as we stared at the skyβ€”
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    While his sister ran circles around us, squealing,
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    Nothing mattered except that I got to be there with something good I have done in my life: the two humans I had a hand in makingβ€”
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    That we could stop and stare together underneath a canopy so twinkling and other-worldly it could have been a movie set,
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    Like Jodie Foster in "Contact."
    "It's so beautiful"
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    And as I lay there, thinking about how she just stood on that shore of wherever she was, in tearful wonder,
    Was it heaven?
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    My son squeezed my hand and said: "tonight is like being born, except I'll remember."