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Beautiful story -- thank you for posting it because I missed it on NPR! The one thing that made me cringe -- just a bit, mind you -- was the maudlin commentary about Lizzie's disability. As the mother of a child with severe disabilities, I found his description of her to be one of subtle judgement and pity -- it's disheartening to those of us who struggle as the voices of our children to convey that their quality of life is something that we cannot know or judge and certainly NOT pity.