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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)