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    Carol Pike & Doris Robinson
    All Day 4's


    I Loved You Enough


    I loved you enough....to ask where you were going, with whom, and what time you would be home. 

    I loved you enough....to insist that you save your money and buy a bike for yourself even though we could afford to buy one for you.

    I loved you enough....to be silent and let you discover that your new best friend was a creep.

    I loved you enough....to make you take a Milky Way back to the drugstore (with a bite out of it) and tell the clerk, "I stole this yesterday and want to pay for it."

     I loved you enough....to stand over you for two hours while you cleaned your room, a job that would have taken 15 minutes.

     I loved you enough....to let you see anger, disappointment and tears in my eyes.  Children must learn that their parents aren't perfect.

     I loved you enough....to let you assume the responsibility for your actions even when the penalties were so harsh they almost broke my heart.

    But most of all,

    I loved you enough....to say NO when I knew you would hate me for it.  Those were the most difficult battles of all.  I'm glad I won them, because in the end, you won, too.

     by Erma Bombeck