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12 Hours at Ten Cents a Minute
Friday, Jul. 18, 2003, 12:20 a.m.

QUESTION: Did you disconnect your computer today?

WHAT I LEARNED: Never forget how great your kids are.

Today is my last evening in Seattle. I am still digging the Space Needle. I have eaten some amazingly good food, visited marketplaces, walked through an aquarium, taken boat rides, admired mountains, marveled at the sunsets over the water, watched ferries move like swans across the rippled Puget Sound, walked up some big hills, and climbed more steps than I could count. I have drunk a lot of good Seattle coffee and I have gotten up earlier every day than I would like.

My daughter has been able to come along on this work trip with me which has made it even busier for me but also more wonderful for me. It is so much fun to have her here with me. I need someone to encourage me as I climbed up all those flights of steps and to find that stupid little plastic credit card sized key to the room that is always getting lost in my purse. I am glad to have such a great shopping partner too. She has taste and fashion sense. It's like having a fashion consultant on hand. She's great for sharing a bite of her dessert as well - an invaluable quality in a daughter.

More than this, she is a great encouragement when I do something stupid like accidently leaving my computer connected for 12 hours at ten cents a minute. She is the one who tells me that this happens to everyone once in a while when I am kicking myself mentally. She is the one who talks me into asking for them to remove the charge when I am sure they will not. And you know what - I did ask and they did remove it.

I'm one lucky mom.

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