She and her Little approach the heavy, engraved door and knock. A faint “come in” compels her to enter. The home is a bustle of giggling girls, chatting moms, the sure-tell signs of festivity. Her Little runs to greet her friends, immersing herself in a craft and handing her gift directly to the birthday girl – both equally excited about the potential of its contents.     She inhales deeply. Why is this so hard for her? What is it about this scene that causes such angst? The hostess offers her a cup of […]

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