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Parenting Beyond Belief, 2nd Edition by Dale McGowan

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LOSING THE “HOLY,”KEEPING THE “DAY”

DALE McGOWAN

Years, decades, even seasons are abstractions to most kids. It’s holidays that mark the passing of time in childhood, letting kids know where they are and what’s coming. Fall began sometime in the end of September, I knew, but it wasn’t until I walked into the classroom on the first of October and saw that Mrs. Mawdsley* had festooned the place with orange and black felt that I felt the rhythm of the year begin. Those pumpkins and bats would be followed like clockwork a month later with turkeys and Pilgrims, then (in olden tymes) by the Jolly Old Fat Man himself. Then came New Year’s, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day—in addition to the various things they celebrate, the holidays help shape the ...

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