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Just yesterday after a seven or so year plummeting relationship with my very conservative brother, I sent him a kind, loving letter that he had sent to my wife and I as newlyweds four decades ago. As you so well captured, sometimes the only voice we may be willing to learn from, is our own.

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I thought I remembered it but it was worth another read! Love it!

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I remember this one, Justin! It was powerful last year and it is this year. Thank you for reposting it!

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So glad you re-posted this Justin. I wasn't here the first time around. A very touching story, well told.

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I thought I had officially lost my mind, then saw your note that this piece was from the archives. I think that says a lot about the impact this story has on me: I remembered it a year ++later. 🥹

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You've got a lot of good stuff in your vault, Justin. Keep bringing 'em back. For us and for you!

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Nov 6, 2023Liked by Justin Deming

Well! Once again you got it!

And got a tear from me

For moments, I forgot I was reading.

i was living it as if I was beside Raymond living

it all with him

Thank you Jason!

i felt this reflects pieces of your days...

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Nov 6, 2023Liked by Justin Deming

Thank you for bringing this story back. I missed it first time round. It is beautiful, Justin. I would say, definitely, it is not too late for Ray to make his mother proud. It is never too late to live a life of service, giving inspiration and a leg up to floundering kids.

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Very, very cool story, Justin. Well done!

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This hit the right buttons for me.

We are all individuals, even nameless people on the streets. Well of course they have names, we just don't necessarily know them.

And, if we don't have hope, we need to find some. Not always easy, but a successful future is built on a foundation of hope and determination.

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Nov 6, 2023Liked by Justin Deming

Love this story !! Thanks for sharing it again !!

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What made you tell this story in the present tense? Just curious.

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I love thought of having childhood “aspirations” recorded in some way. “It is in our nature to forget.”

Thanks! You’ve gifted me an idea to put into my next project!

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It’s never too late to change your life (self.) Good one, Justin.

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This is such a beautifully unfolded tale. Very moving.

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