Essay — Hanging by a thread

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Pink and light purple azalea bushes under pine trees
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We’re all beautiful when we bloom

Bright pink azalea blossoms
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No matter the imperfection

Pink azalea blossoms beginning to fade
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We’re all lovely with promise

Pink azalea bud ready to bloom with fallen azalea blossoms in background
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And hanging by a thread

Faded pink azalea blossom dangling by stamen
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Are you making the most of today?



HL Carpenter is a mother/daughter duo who write family-friendly fiction from their studios in Carpenter Country, a magical place that, like their stories, is unreal but not untrue. When they’re not writing, the Carpenters enjoy exploring the Land of What-If and practicing the fine art of Curiosity. Visit Carpenter Country at


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