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From the Ted Talk "Andrew Solomon: Love, no matter what"

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I thought it was __________ how all of these ________ had all of these children with all of these problems, problems that they mostly would have done anything to _____, and that they had all found so much meaning in that experience of parenting. And then I thought, all of us who have children ____ the children we have, with their flaws. If some glorious angel suddenly descended through my living room _______ and offered to take away the children I have and give me other, better children — more polite, funnier, nicer, smarter — I would cling to the children I have and pray away that atrocious spectacle. And ultimately I feel that in the same way that we test flame-retardant pajamas in an inferno to ensure they won't _____ fire when our child reaches across the stove, so these _______ of families negotiating these extreme differences _______ on the universal experience of parenting, which is always that sometimes you look at your child and you think, where did you come from?

Solution

  1. ceiling
  2. families
  3. surprising
  4. avoid
  5. reflect
  6. stories
  7. catch
  8. love

Original Text

I thought it was surprising how all of these families had all of these children with all of these problems, problems that they mostly would have done anything to avoid, and that they had all found so much meaning in that experience of parenting. And then I thought, all of us who have children love the children we have, with their flaws. If some glorious angel suddenly descended through my living room ceiling and offered to take away the children I have and give me other, better children — more polite, funnier, nicer, smarter — I would cling to the children I have and pray away that atrocious spectacle. And ultimately I feel that in the same way that we test flame-retardant pajamas in an inferno to ensure they won't catch fire when our child reaches across the stove, so these stories of families negotiating these extreme differences reflect on the universal experience of parenting, which is always that sometimes you look at your child and you think, where did you come from?

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Important Words

  1. angel
  2. atrocious
  3. avoid
  4. catch
  5. ceiling
  6. child
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  8. cling
  9. descended
  10. differences
  11. ensure
  12. experience
  13. extreme
  14. families
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  16. fire
  17. flaws
  18. funnier
  19. give
  20. glorious
  21. inferno
  22. living
  23. love
  24. meaning
  25. negotiating
  26. nicer
  27. offered
  28. pajamas
  29. parenting
  30. polite
  31. pray
  32. problems
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  34. reflect
  35. room
  36. smarter
  37. spectacle
  38. stories
  39. stove
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  43. thought
  44. ultimately
  45. universal