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When I was 7 years old I was living in Wellington New Zealand with my mother and sister; Mum had a sabatical from her job and had always wanted to live in New Zealand so that's what we did. She had separated from my dad before I was born, but they maintained (as far as I could see) a pretty amiable and civil relationship. I spent the weekends and holidays with him. I don't know if he was exactly over the moon about me going to the other side of the planet for a year, but obviously he agreed to it, and he stayed in Calgary AB where he was a physics professor at the University of Calgary.
The day we went to the airport he gave me a little pin in the shape of a cherub with a little blue stone in its right wing. It was my guardian angel, he said. I surprised myself by how much I cried at saying goodbye.
It was the last time I saw him.
He died that January.

So with that history in mind, recent news of parents being separated from their children, children being separated from their …

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