By Michael J. Fox
At the flip from our bed room into the hallway, there's an previous full-length replicate in a wood body. i will not support yet seize a glimpse of myself as I cross. Turning totally towards the glass, I think of what I see. This mirrored model of myself, rainy, shaking, rumpled, pinched, and a little bit stooped, will be alarming have been it now not for the self-satisfied expression pasted throughout my face. i'd ask the most obvious query, "What are you smiling about?" yet I already be aware of the reply: "It simply will get higher from here."
-- from continuously having a look Up
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