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Feb16

The Revolving Door of Bathtime.

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Back in the early 1980’s, when I was 5 or 6 years old, my parents had finished construction on the ground floor of their very first home. My mom was pregnant with my brother and they were anxious to move in. We would live downstairs as construction continued in order to finish the upstairs bedrooms...

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