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Christmas Johnny

Back in the old days, when I was not nearly so good at impersonating a courageous person, I wrote a blog under the name "The Recovering Supermom." Of all the essays, I wrote back when I was just learning how to to be the mom to a kid with leukodystrophy, this one has ranked among the most popular. It is about my dad, and, as I get older, I am astounded by how much we have in common. We are both magical thinkers. Magical thinking is something children do, it is why children believe in Santa and the tooth fairy. The secret to magical thinking is that if we wish something to be true, it becomes true. For my dad, magical thinking defined his life. He was filled with a relentless optimism an

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