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Mai does the lion's share of the speaking and eating I give her my cone once I've had enough , and all I know for certain, with the sun on our faces and the sweet ice cream holding our attention, is that this is a day that I will never forget. Seventeen minutes after our arrival, we are back in Dell Duke's car. Mai wants to drive by Hagen Oaks, which is a park. Big geese live there year-round. She thinks I should see them. Don't get me wrong. I think by the look on Dell's face I can see his eyes in the rearview mirror that he's not very excited about either thing, but he drives by the park anyway.

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Quang-ha is slumped in the seat and I'm guessing is just happy that he didn't have to take a bus anywhere. At Hagen Oaks, no one gets out of the car, because Dell says we need to go home. When we first got to the Fosters Freeze, I called my mom to explain that I'd be late getting back from school.

When she didn't answer, I left a message. I did the same thing on my dad's cell phone.

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It's strange that I haven't heard from either of them. If they can't answer the phone, they always quickly return my call. There is a police car parked in the driveway of my house when Dell Duke turns onto my street. The neighbors to the south of us moved out and their place is in foreclosure. A sign on the dead front lawn says bank owned.

To the north are renters who I have only seen once 7 months and four days ago, which was on the day that they arrived. I stare at the police car and wonder if someone broke into the vacant house. Didn't Mom say it was trouble to have an empty place in the neighborhood? But that wouldn't explain why the police are in our driveway. As we get closer I can see that there are two officers in the patrol car. And from the way they are slouched, it seems like they've been there a while. I feel my whole body tense. In the front seat, Quang-ha says: The expression on her face now looks to be a question.

I think she wonders if my dad steals things, or if I have a cousin who hits people. Maybe I come from a whole family of troublemakers? We don't know each other very well, so these would all be possibilities. I'm late coming home.

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Did my mom or my dad get so worried that they called the police? I left them messages. I told them that I was okay. I can't believe that they would do such a thing. Dell Duke doesn't even have the car completely stopped before I open the door, which is of course dangerous. I've taken only two steps into the driveway before the door opens on the patrol car and a female officer appears. The woman has a thick ponytail of orange-colored hair.

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She doesn't say hello. She just lowers her sunglasses and says: No one calls my dad James. The officer fumbles with her sunglasses. Even though she is dressed the part, the woman seems to be losing all of her authority. Mai is right at his heels. The second officer, a younger man, then comes around and stands next to his partner. But neither of them speaks. And then the two police officers turn their attention to Dell. They both look anxious. The female officer manages to say: He suddenly looks like he's sweating from every gland in his body.

He is barely able to speak: I work as a c-c-counselor for the school district. I see two of these k-k-kids for counseling. I'm just d-d-driving them home. The female officer begins nodding, showing support and almost enthusiasm as she says: They are all about Dell now.

Standing there, they huddle together with their backs turned so that as I watch, they look, lit by the low, end-of-the-day sun, like an evil, three-headed monster. And that's what they are because their voices, while muffled, are still capable of being understood. I clearly hear four words: I need to rewind. I want to go back. Will anyone go with me? I'm an only child.

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But I know it and that takes the edge off. At least for me.

Is it possible to be loved too much? I think waiting a long time for something makes it more gratifying. The correlation between expectation and delivery of desire could no doubt be quantified into some kind of mathematical formula. But that's off the point, which is one of my problems and why despite the fact that I'm a thinker, I'm never the teacher's pet. Right now I'm going to stick to the facts. For 7 years my mom tried to get pregnant. That seems like a long time of working at something, since the medical definition of infertility is twelve months of well-timed physical union without any results.

Twice in those years my mom peed on a plastic wand, and turned the diagnostic instrument blue. But twice she couldn't keep the fetus. Her cake failed to bake. And that's how I came into the mix. On the 7th day of the 7th month is it any wonder I love the number?

Or at least our world. It probably wasn't miles, but that's how I need to think of it. There is order in my universe. Back to adoption day.

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As my dad explains it, I never once cried, but my mom did all the way down Interstate Five South until exit 17B. My mom weeps when she's happy. When she's sad, she's just quiet. I believe that her emotional wiring got crossed in this area. When my two new parents finally made it to our single- story, stucco house in a development at the end of the San Joaquin Valley, their nerves were both shot.

There is something that is connecting the magical world with the human world. Although The Barren Way felt like it went off in different direction that it's two predecessors, I still enjoyed it.

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Julie takes her readers on a wild ride full of twists, turns, and jaw dropping revelations. The story and characters have come a long way since book one and I cannot wait to see where Julie takes her characters, and us, next! Jan 21, Sierra Garyson rated it it was amazing. Real hard for me to come to terms with the ending of this book because of all the things that I wanted to happen for all these characters who gave up so much, but I still love this book and the two before it.

I can't wait to get my hands on the next one! May 26, Margaret rated it really liked it. An intriguing continuation of the series. Looking forward to book 4 in the series!

Abby rated it really liked it Jan 02, Rebekah Dayton rated it it was amazing Dec 31, Michelle Sambas rated it really liked it Jan 04, Ellie rated it it was amazing Jan 06, Dodie Scroppo rated it it was amazing Jan 25, Tiffany Holme rated it it was amazing Aug 31, Stephanie Kaye In Wonderland marked it as to-read Jul 08, Janet Bruce avery marked it as to-read Jul 17, Jennifer Reeves marked it as to-read Sep 06, Katie Bryan added it Apr 07, Lisa marked it as to-read Apr 23, Shellee marked it as to-read Apr 23, Janet Watson marked it as to-read Apr 23, Erin marked it as to-read Apr 24, Daniela marked it as to-read Apr 24, Enrique Herrera marked it as to-read Apr 24, Shortly before the revolt of Judas Maccabeus 2 Maccabees 8 , Antiochus IV Epiphanes arrested a mother and her seven sons, and tried to force them to eat pork.

When they refused, he tortured and killed the sons one by one. The narrator mentions that the mother "was the most remarkable of all, and deserves to be remembered with special honour. She watched her seven sons die in the space of a single day, yet she bore it bravely because she put her trust in the Lord.

The Talmud tells a similar story, but with refusal to worship an idol replacing refusal to eat pork. Tractate Gittin 57b cites Rabbi Judah saying that "this refers to the woman and her seven sons" and the unnamed king is referred to as the "Emperor" and "Caesar". The woman commits suicide in this rendition of the story: Other versions of the story are found in 4 Maccabees which suggests that the woman might have thrown herself into the flames, Various sources have proposed names for this woman.

Gerson Cohen notes that this occurs only in the longer Spanish version of Josippon , while the shorter Mantuan version c. The woman with seven sons is remembered with high regard for her religious steadfastness, teaching her sons to keep to their faith, even if it meant execution. The Maccabees story reflects a theme of the book, that "the strength of the Jews lies in the fulfillment of the practical mitzvot ". It is probable that Hilary of Poitiers refers to this woman as a prophet.