As she was born, the family was enlivened

she made a man a father and a woman a mother

she made parents grandparents

sisters aunt and brothers uncle

she was loved as a daughter

As she was in high school, the family was aged

her mother and father made her a scholar

her grandparents made her a dreamer

her aunts and uncles made her a comedienne

she was cared for as family

As she was an adult, the family was gone

she made herself independent as a woman

she made herself strong as a leader

she made herself angry as a citizen

she was finding a new family

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