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OUR CHILDREN REPRESENT BEST GIFT OF THE CENTURY

The glaring bright lights, the confident voice of the doctor, the comforting reassurance of the nurses, the loving support of my husband. These are the moments of the 20th century I hold most memorable, the births of my five children. Moments of agony and anxiety, awe and anticipation, hope and inspiration -- Feb. 15, 1983, Aug. 14, 1986, June 18, 1990, Sept. 17, 1995, and Nov. 23, 1997. These are not famous dates in time as yet, but through a mother's eyes, heart and hope, perhaps dates that will yet be remembered in time.

A cure for cancer, an honest politician, a walk on Mars, a leader of generations, the first woman president, a healer of hurt, a peacemaker. Children represent the best gift of the 20th century, and the brightest hope for the century to come. It is with a full heart that I say: Welcome 2000. May we find health, happiness and hope.

ROSE WRIGHT
Lancaster

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