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August 30, 1999
Mary and Gene Harrison watched from inside the house as Harmony sat outside by the curb waiting for Leo. “It’s hard to believe that she’s starting middle school today.” Mary said as her husband rubbed her shoulders gently.
“She’s growing up fast.” He answered.
“I just wish she had some friends besides that Leo kid. It just doesn’t seem natural that they spend so much time together.”
“He’s not that bad.” Gene laughed. “He’s been good for her. Remember how shy she was before he came along. That little girl used to be afraid of her own shadow.”
“She’s not that little any more, Gene, and that’s what scares me. She’s with that boy all the time. I don’t think we should encourage it.” Mary dropped the curtains she had been holding back and turned to face her husband.
Gene put his arms around his wife and laughed. “He takes care of her. They’re like brother and sister.”
“She says they’re going to get married some day!” Mary tried to explain her reason for worrying.
“Even more reason not to worry. If I remember correctly, when we were in sixth grade you had plans to marry Norman Feldman. How did that work out for you?”
Mary laughed at the memory. “I met you and changed my mind.” Mary turned back to the window and watched with her husband as Leo Lewis walked up the street waving to Harmony and she ran to greet him.