"She sure wants to be next. Look—she’s chomping at the bit!” I watched the excited girl wait for her turn on the Ferris wheel. My daughter — a teenager at the time — stood at my side, pretending to be unrelated to me.

“She’s WHAT??” Andrea groaned. Her voice slapped at me, reminding me to keep it down. Somebody might hear something I said. And that would mean eternal embarrassment for her. I repeated the phrase in question. It was one I’d used many times; I guess it didn’t merit comprehension until now.

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