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October 5, 2015
It really was like family. When my parents went away one Christmas, I stayed with ali (Ben was still in diapers). But for all the similarities and closeness, their family did things very differently. For example, I lost a tooth one morning and trustingly handed it to Aviva, aliís mom, at breakfast, before school. That night, before bed, I asked for my tooth to put it under my pillow and was informed by Aviva most unceremoniously (and not without incredulity at my childish belief in the tooth fairy) that she had thrown it away. Ali still remembers my meltdown.