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Don’t go...

Updated on February 13, 2013
Don't go.....not yet
Don't go.....not yet

Don’t go…


You’ve had a long, fulfilled life, you say. So it doesn’t matter. But it does to us, it does!


Don’t go…


You used to say you’d be ready to go when you were 64 and you’d held your grandchildren on your knee. Now you’re nearly 84 and those little ones are all adults.


Don’t go….


How can you when you still think and act like you’re 25, always fit, always ready to go out, always ready to help anyone in trouble?


Don’t go…


What will your students do? The ones to whom you give of your knowledge freely? The ones who’ve learned to go from hating maths and science to loving it? The ones you’ve led into the light so willingly, so selflessly?


Don’t go…


You’ve always been there, our Rock of Gibraltar, upholding us wherever we are with your love, your prayers.


Don’t go….


Whatever will Mum and we do without you? So you’ve had a brush with death and the doctors say you’re right as rain again. It’s the first time the rest of us have had to face the possibility of losing you and it’s hard to bear.


Don’t go…


How could your heart let you down? It’s the largest, most loving, generous heart I’ve known!


Don’t go…


You tell us it will be a joyous crossing when it comes. You’ll be with the Saviour and we should be glad not sad.


Don’t go….


We know you’re ready, Dad. You’ve lived a life that makes you unafraid of death. But we’re not ready. Not yet. I know I’m not.



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      BJBenson 6 years ago from USA

      I think this was very loving. May the lord bless you.

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      Shil1978 6 years ago

      You've put it so beautifully, Shalini. You can never be ready!!

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      VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      This made my eyes wet, as I could feel your love and understandable not wanting your Dad to go, just yet. Beautifully written!

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      msorensson 6 years ago

      Beautiful. Thank you. I loved it.

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      Kiruba Harris de Unda 6 years ago

      Beautiful Shalini. Yes, we expect our parents with us for ever. Somehow the knowledge they are present helps us through so many situations. My parents are on another shore now and I still talk to them silently and in my mind when I need them. I believe parents are always with us. In flesh and spirit or only in spirit. Parents are God's greatest permanent gift to us.

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      Vibhavari 6 years ago from India

      Very well said Shalini. You know the one thing that can get you ready to face something like this is knowing something better waits for all of us on the other side and that finally we are going home- where we came from. It's things like this that give us a different perspective on life.

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      richtwf 6 years ago

      Beautiful thoughts.

      As we become older we should not fear our passing from this world but those we love are the ones who fear losing us. The pain of losing someone is great but knowing that they've given all that they can to others is how their life should be celebrated before they leave us. This was an excellent message and celebration of how we should appreciate our loved ones before their time comes.

      Thanks and God bless.

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      breakfastpop 6 years ago

      Very moving piece of writing. It brought tears to my eyes. I lost my parents a long time ago. I was 18 when my dad died and 23 when my Mom died. Now I ask why did you have to go? Voted up and beautiful.

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      saket71 6 years ago from Delhi, India

      Very sweet and so touching, Shalini. Is it ever a good time to go? The only thing I would want my parents who live away from me, to understand that the water in the river of time is ever flowing and this is the time to be happy and ecstatic, devoid of any worries of societal concerns. I wish, I could make them understand how one must have an almost religious zeal to reach out for happiness, and live the life they always wanted to. Great hub, beautiful, voting up.

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      Mentalist acer 6 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

      A beautiful hesitency to fate Shalini.;)

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      Shalini Kagal 6 years ago from India

      Thank you all - right now, I'm just so grateful he's been given a second lease of life. And when I hear about those of you who've lost your parents, some so early, I'm so sorry!

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      quicksand 6 years ago

      Dads and mums should be around forever. Bless you all.

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      dianeaugust 6 years ago from Tennessee

      This is such a tribute to your Dad. What a lovely way to put it with the "Don't go," and all the verses ring with such detail. I pray all is well. Thank you for these beautiful words.

      da

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      Merle Ann Johnson 6 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Aww God Bless my dear, and I do understand your feelings as I deal with my mom everyday and her dementia...It is very sad some days and then very happy other days, but she seems ready to go and it is so not in our hands, 'there is a reason for everything, and everything has a reason'...Hard to understand, I Know.

      My Prayers for you and your family ...:O) HUGS G-Ma

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      billy sidhu 6 years ago

      an absolutely beautiful one shalini- "dont go" is what each of us says to our parents- we are never ready for it!

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      De Greek 6 years ago from UK

      How sweet this is. As a father, it has touched me deeply.

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Just beautiful, Shalini. I've gone through losing parents and even my beloved George, all in their 80s. It's never the right time for one you love to go. But we must remain aware that they will eventually - or we will - and that is is as rightfully a part of life as the birth and living are.

      I hope your dear Dad stays around a lot longer. Mine was 86 when he left Earth, as was my George. Mother was 82. All are missed but it matters to continue to be standard bearers for them and their lives.

      Hugs - and thank you for this lovely hub. Definitely voted up, and all the other applicable praises.

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      Quilligrapher 6 years ago from New York

      Thank you for these beautiful and poignant words. You have penned a remarkable tribute to both you and to your dad. Q.

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      April 6 years ago from Columbus,Ga

      That is beautiful, 10 thumbs up.

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      Feline Prophet 6 years ago from India

      Hope Dad is feeling great again. He's lucky to have you! :)

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      Shalini Kagal 6 years ago from India

      Thank you, thank you all for reading!

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      Peter Dickinson 6 years ago from South East Asia

      I liked this. I thought it both emotive and interesting as well as nicely written. I am an atheist and have no fear of death. I would like to think that some may miss me but not hold me back when my time comes. You obviously care a lot for your Dad. Thanks for writing.

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      Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

      Very thoughtful and thought provoking. Great read.

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      Laura Irwin 6 years ago from The Great Northwest

      Beautiful and I can say I have felt this way before, but about my grandpa whom I was very close to. THis brought back memories- good ones.

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      Hillary 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Your words are beautiful,making me reflect on the past and of the inevitable future. Dealing with the passing of our loved ones is often most difficult for the living. I've found comfort in many Eastern philosophies and beliefs on death and dying, but filling the empty void within our hearts takes a lot of additional searching. thanks for helping me to keep on that path.

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      Shalini Kagal 6 years ago from India

      Thank you - at whatever age, no matter how old, it's always hard to let go!

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      Mohan Kumar 6 years ago from UK

      So sad and pognant. What a beautiful reminder to us all. I was moved to tears at this:

      'We know you’re ready, Dad. You’ve lived a life that makes you unafraid of death. But we’re not ready. Not yet. I know I’m not.'

      wow!how well you capture those thoughts!

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      Dim Flaxenwick 6 years ago from Great Britain

      Oh Shalini !!!!!! That was so perfect. Every word.

      every line flowed with emotion. Beautiful. l pray for you to cope when the time comes.

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      Shalini Kagal 6 years ago from India

      Thanks for stopping by and reading!

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      Freya Cesare 6 years ago from Borneo Island, Indonesia

      That is so beautiful, full of emotion and sad. Vote up and beautiful!

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      Shalini Kagal 6 years ago from India

      Thank you!

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      daravuthz 6 years ago from Cambodia

      Well Done and Interesting Read! Thanks :)

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      Tony McGregor 6 years ago from South Africa

      Letting go is so hard to do. It is never the right time. I'm so glad you've been given a bit more time with your beloved Dad.

      This was beautifully and movingly written. Thanks for sharing with us.

      Love and peace

      Tony

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      jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines

      This is so beautiful! Poignant!

      Thanks for sharing Shalini!

      God bless!

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      Shalini Kagal 6 years ago from India

      Thank you for reading!

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      Amanda Severn 6 years ago from UK

      Hi Shalini, Reading this has moved me to tears. I lost both my parents when my children were small, and I can't tell you how often I've wished they were still around. I'm glad your Dad is still with you for a little longer, and I hope his health continues to improve.

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      Shalini Kagal 6 years ago from India

      Hi Amanda - yes, he's fine now, thank you. Sorry - must have been hard to lose your parents so early. As long as they are around, no matter how old we are, we are still their child, aren't we?

      Thank you - and everyone else for your comments.

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      This is beautiful and so sweet, my friend. Thanks for writing this. Well done. I always give my vote special for you. God bless you..

      Prasetio

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      Shalini Kagal 6 years ago from India

      Thanks prasetio!

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      ralwus 6 years ago

      Awww gee Shalini, I hope he sticks around, but I know how it is. Sometimes I get tired of fighting illness and I'm only 60. Just making a few rounds here and found this wonderful piece. God bless my wonderful friend. Charlie (((Hugs))))

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      Barbara 6 years ago from Stepping past clutter

      Tough times, Shalini. I empathize. And this was very well written, too. Hugs.

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      Shalini Kagal 6 years ago from India

      Thanks, you two - and hugs back to you :)

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      Taichichuan 6 years ago

      Shalini, I have lost my Dad and my Mum and I feel all your feelings if I can talk like this. I'll do a special prayer for your father to feel better.

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      Shalini Kagal 6 years ago from India

      Hi there - merci! Always appreciate you coming by!

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      Genna East 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Beautiful and poignant. Having lost both of my parents, I could relate to this so well. Thank you so much for sharing this.

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      Shalini Kagal 6 years ago from India

      Hi Genna - it must be hard. Parents are so special, aren't they?

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      SweetiePie 6 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Very powerful, and a good reminder of how we can use our time in good ways.

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      Shalini Kagal 6 years ago from India

      Hi Sweetiepie - thanks for coming by and reading!

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      Genna East 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Honest, poignant, and touching. And a reminder to us all to tell them how much we love them whenever we can. :) Up and beautiful.

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      Shalini Kagal 6 years ago from India

      Thanks so much Genna!

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      Ruchira 6 years ago from United States

      Beautiful Shalini......loved it :)

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      Shalini Kagal 6 years ago from India

      Thank you, Ruchira.

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      Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

      Sometimes it takes a lifetime to fully appreciate a parent--just when it's time for them to go and it doesn't seem fair. You want more time to show them you get it now and you want to give them a little of what they have given you so freely for so long.

      I think as a parent myself, I need to go to my children and share this secret...not to wait for complete understanding before giving back. It is selfish to not do this because they are the ones who lose and the ones who mourn. I would rather they see me off one day feeling like maybe they gave too much rather than regretting not giving enough.

      Knowing you, I bet you were that way--appreciating your Dad early and letting him know all along how much he means to you. This is an example and I hope he gets to read it. Thank you for creating such a meaningful tribute. =:)

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      Shalini Kagal 6 years ago from India

      Winsome - thank you! I think you've put it so perfectly - even though we want them to never, ever leave - it's nice to know that when they have to, we can let them go, knowing we've given all we can, not regretting anything. I'm sure you're an absolutely wonderful parent :)

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      Doug Turner Jr. 6 years ago

      This made my eyes mist up a little. Very sad yet also beautiful, because he seems to have savored and lived his life to the fullest. An honest, endearing and heartfelt write. Nicely done.

      Thanks for checking out my laundry poem. Glad to meet and follow you. Doug.

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      Shalini Kagal 6 years ago from India

      Hi Doug - sorry for the delayed reply and thanks so much for reading this. I look forward to reading may more of your hubs!

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, Shalini, this made me so sad, I totally understand what you meant, it never is the right time for them to go, I lost my dad 12 years ago and my mum 11 years ago, and I still miss them, nell

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      jayb23 6 years ago from India

      Simply amazing shalini. U r such a gifted writer and an inspiration to all of us. I know for sure that letting go is the most hardest thing to do. keep up the good work.

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      Shalini Kagal 6 years ago from India

      Hi Nell - thanks! And I agree - it's never a right time.

      Hi Jay - thanks as always for reading and commenting.

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      Raghav Rathi 6 years ago from Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India.

      You know, it's a tradition among Indian boys and men to never show their weak side to others but I have to tell you,

      This definitely made my eyes wet.

      Simply AWESOME!!!

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      K.A.E Grove 6 years ago from Australia

      Having been to two funerals this last week, of close family members this brought tears to my eyes and a lump to my throat. a beautiful heartfelt piece thank you for sharing it

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      Shalini Kagal 6 years ago from India

      raghavrathi - thanks so much!

      nighthag - thanks. Yes, it's heartbreaking saying Goodbye, isn't it?

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      Anamika S 6 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

      Awesome tribute! I understand how you felt when you wrote this. I felt the same way when I saw my best best friend fighting for his life at the Hospital bed.

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      Shalini Kagal 6 years ago from India

      Hi Anamika - thanks so much for coming by and reading! Yes, I know just what you mean.

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      Somesh Dutt 6 years ago from India

      So true, its always very difficult to let go...very very moving. Brought tears to my eyes.

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      Shalini Kagal 6 years ago from India

      Thank you, Somesh!

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      Little Kim 6 years ago from Any town U.S.A.

      Very moving. Made me cry and think about my Grandpa who passed away a few years ago. He had alsheimers(think i spelled it right?) And was in assisted living after my Grandma passed away. I still beat myself up for not visiting him more. It was hard to see this mountain of a man that way. This was my Grandpa, strong and going to live forever. All I could do when I visited him was sit in silence and cry. Thank you for the beautiful read!

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      Shalini Kagal 6 years ago from India

      Little Kim - yes, it's hard but you need to remember the good times and the way they were not the way it was in the end. Time really does heal and help you do that.

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      veronamex 6 years ago from Montreal, QC

      I just lost my father a few months ago and can so relate to this hub. When moments and thought are specified like this, the sense of loss and love becomes all so real again. One remembers the details of why it aches. But feeling the ache I think is part of releasing it. So thank you for that...

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      Shalini Kagal 6 years ago from India

      Veronamex - yes, you're so right. Feeling the ache is part of releasing it. Thanks for coming by and reading.

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      powerofknowledge1 5 years ago

      Beautiful hub!

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      Shalini Kagal 5 years ago from India

      Thanks for reading, powerofknowledge.

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      Jackie Lynnley 5 years ago from The Beautiful South

      It's so very hard to give them up. Great write.

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      Shalini Kagal 5 years ago from India

      Thanks Jackie - yes, it is!

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      One of the most beautiful and moving poems I have read.

      I can so relate to these words, these are difficult days.

      My best wishes to you.

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      Shalini Kagal 5 years ago from India

      Thank you Movie Master!

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      Humans are so attached to their loved ones that to let them go...makes us feel sad and lonely. But, unfortunately death is not an option and thus, we have no control over it.

      voted up!

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      Shalini Kagal 5 years ago from India

      How true, Ruchira! Thanks for reading!

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      Kenneth Avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Very moving; sensitive to the soul; made my heart ache for a love I had many eons ago. Thank YOU for your talent. God bless you in all of your ways.

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      Shalini Kagal 5 years ago from India

      Thank you Kenneth!

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      Shwetha Shetty 5 years ago

      Just loved it

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      Shalini Kagal 5 years ago from India

      Thank you, Shwetha!

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      Aceblogs 5 years ago from India

      All i can say is - I am spellbound ! Its so beautifull

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      Shalini Kagal 5 years ago from India

      Thank you Aceblogs!

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      Ehnaira05 5 years ago from Charlotte, Florida

      I understand your point, great job.

      My hub is free to visit hope you can drop there.

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      Shalini Kagal 5 years ago from India

      Thank you both for reading!

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 5 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Shalini, lovely poem and a beautiful expression of love for a father.

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      Shalini Kagal 5 years ago from India

      Thanks so much Phyllis!

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Such a loving and beautiful poem. I am very touched. This is one of the best of all poems. Bless you!

      vocalcoach~

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      Shalini Kagal 5 years ago from India

      Thank you vocalcoach - I appreciate you coming by and reading!

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