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 For parents,
 the birth of                            a child is a miraculous event.
 Old myths say                           
 a magical fairy                            gives to the child
 gifts of human                            character.

 I would ask                            that her gift
 to each child                            in the world
 would be a                            sense of wonder so indestructable
 that it would                            last throughout life,
 as an unfailing                            antidote
 against boredom and                            disenchantments of later years,
 against the sterile                            preoccupation with things artificial,
 against alienation from                            our sources of strength.

 (original by Rachael                            Carson adapted to basic English)