How Change Can Change Your Life Forever

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Change. It’s funny how one change can immediately alter your life forever. But the best changes come unexpectedly, like a sudden gift. My gift arrived on February 4th, 2012. I groggily opened my eyes and pulled myself out of bed. I loathed leaving the confines of my blankets this early on a Saturday, but I had already promised I would make my parents pancakes today. So I trudged down the stairs, trying hard to snap out of the foggy haze that surrounded me. By the time I began pulling pancake mix out of the cabinet and milk out of the fridge, I had reached a kind of mostly awake state. So when my dad thumped down the stairs as loudly as an elephant, I was a bit confused. My parents never woke up before 10:00 on a weekend. If one parents woke up before the other, they had to be extremely quiet. “Theodora, go get dressed!” my dad exclaimed. I goggled at him like I would a crazy person. Get dressed? Was he insane? It was 8:00! I had no school, and plans for lazing around all day. Where could we possibly need to go? “But why?” I asked, demanding an explanation for this absurd situation. “BECAUSE WE NEED TO GO TO THE HOSPITAL! YOUR MOTHER IS HAVING A BABY! Now go get dressed!” I raced upstairs, adrenaline washing away all traces of sleep that still lingered. I pulled on my clothes, not caring if they were inside out or backwards or mismatched. A strange fear of being left behind surged through me, filling me with a new determination to hurry.. As I sat in the car with my

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